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Visa Scam Uncovered In France's Moscow Embassy

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy (left) with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in January (epa) August 16, 2006 -- The French Foreign Ministry today said that three officials at the French Embassy in Moscow have been sacked and four have resigned after the discovery of a visa scam.

The ministry said funds have been "misappropriated due to anomalies in the handling of some applications."

AFP quotes a source in the French embassy in Moscow as saying that several consular officials were suspected of taking bribes to speed up the delivery of visas.