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French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has denied making remarks denigrating sumo and other aspects of Japan, the Japanese ambassador in France said Tuesday.

The French weekly magazine Paris Match said in its Jan. 15 edition that Sarkozy, a popular 49-year-old Cabinet minister with presidential ambitions, told reporters during his visit earlier this month to China that sumo “is not really a sport for intellectuals.”

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