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France expels girl, 15, to Kosovo after class trip

MITROVICA, Kosovo — Leonarda Dibrani was finishing up a field trip when French police showed up at the bus, detaining the 15-year-old schoolgirl in front of her classmates before authorities expelled her to Kosovo because her family’s asylum application had been rejected.

The incident this month, which was made public this week, has sparked outrage from immigrant groups and others who say police went too far in publicly shaming the teenager. It has also been an embarrassment for President Francois Hollande’s government, which has tried to portray a kinder France in a bid to distance itself from its conservative predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.

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An investigation into the treatment of the girl has been launched.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault ordered the inquiry into how Leonarda was taken into custody and said that if any violations are found, the family will be brought back to France and their case will be further examined.

A check-up for the family car has been his alibi. He said he told his children that ‘‘it will take a few days until it’s repaired.

‘‘I don’t know how I will keep lying to them,’’ he said.

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