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France expels six Russians suspected of working as spies, says Gerald Darmanin

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Six Russians suspected of working as spies have been expelled from France following a long investigation, the French foreign ministry has announced.

The six were alleged to be working “under diplomatic cover” and were working “contrary to our national interests”, the ministry said in a statement.

The “clandestine operation” was revealed on Sunday by the intelligence services, the statement said. No further details are known at this time.

France has already expelled 35 Russian diplomats, as have numerous other European countries.

In a tweet, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin (pictured) said the DGSI “had thwarted a network of Russian clandestine agents who worked against our interests”.

He said the DGSI had carried out a “remarkable operation of counter-espionage” and praised the organisation for “looking after our fundamental interests while in the shadows”.

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