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Woman gets 3-year jail term for devastating Paris fire

Published on Jan 23, 2014 11:00 PM

PARIS (AFP) - A French court on Thursday sentenced a young woman to three years in jail for a 2005 fire that ripped through a Paris hotel killing 24 people, including 11 children.

The inferno, the deadliest in the city since the liberation of Paris by Allied forces during World War II, gutted the Paris-Opera Hotel in April 2005.

The hotel, which housed many struggling immigrant families, was located just behind the upmarket Galeries Lafayette department store, a landmark in the French capital.

"Your characteristic carelessness directly caused the death of 24 people," the judge told Fatima Tahrour.

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