Eva Joly gets bullet threat in France

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French presidential candidate Eva Joly has received threatening letters, including one containing a bullet, the Norwegian born politician's campaign director said on Wednesday.

"These past weeks, in January, there has been several letters with threats, including one with a revolver bullet," Stephane Sitbon-Gomez told AFP, confirming a Europe 1 radio report.

"We received letters from extreme right, very nationalist people," he said.

"That is the unpleasant hazard of a campaign. We wish neither to publicise this affair nor to dramatise or victimise Eva Joly," said the campaigner for the Europe Ecology-Green Party candidate.

He added that the former French-Norwegian magistrate has been placed under official protection at her request for the past ten days.

The 68-year-old Joly is best known to the French as a campaigning magistrate against corruption who took on some of France's biggest business interests during the 1990s as an investigating judge.

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Born Gro Eva Farseth in Oslo, she moved to Paris when she was 20 to work as an au pair.

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