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    Lagarde Condemns Blast at IMF Paris Office as 'Cowardly Act of Violence'

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    International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde condemned on Thursday an explosion at the lender's Paris office, local media reported.

    French Police officers secure the scene near the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on March 16, 2017 in Paris, after a letter bomb exploded in the premises
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Paris prefecture said a parcel had gone off earlier in the day at the IMF office after it had been opened by a female employee, injuring her face and hands. It was addressed to the IMF and delivered by post, BFMTV said.

    Lagarde said she condemned this "cowardly act of violence" and reaffirmed the IMF’s resolve to continue its work, the broadcaster reported.

    Paris police prefect Michel Cadot said the explosive device was not a bomb but appeared to be a homemade device. According to information obtained by BFMTV, it was an 11.8-inch firecracker.

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