Anger over Basque activist’s extradition to Spain

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of local officials and activists have protested the French government’s decision to extradite a woman to Spain who is suspected of separatist activity. French authorities have come under criticism for extraditing Aurore Martin last week. Martin was wanted in Spain for her work with the Basque party Batasuna, which is illegal in Spain but legal in France. About 300 local officials from a range of political parties and Basque peace activists held a protest in the southwest French city of Bayonne on Monday. Riot police surrounded the crowd but no violence was reported. France generally does not extradite its own citizens. French and Spanish authorities work closely to stem Basque separatist activity in northwest Spain and southwest France.

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