The fate of film director Roman Polanski has became an international cause celebre as Paris, Warsaw and an extensive cast of figures from world cinema demanded his immediate release from a Swiss jail.
The French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, protested formally to both the US and Swiss authorities against Mr Polanski's arrest in Zurich on Saturday for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in California in 1977. Mr Kouchner described the circumstances of the arrest, on an American warrant, as "a little sinister".
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