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Sunday, January 17, 1999 Published at 18:15 GMT

World: Africa

Frenchman wins Dakar rally

The French driver, Jean-Louis Schlesser, has won the twenty-first Dakar motor rally.

He finished at the head of the field in the car section of the nine-thousand kilometre race through west Africa to the Senegalese capital.

Another Frenchman, Richard Sainct, won the the motorcycle title.

For the last two-and-a-half weeks, hundreds of competitors have been racing from Granada in southern Spain through Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Burkino Faso and Senegal.

At one point, fifty competitors were ambushed in Mauritania by armed men who stole vehicles, money and petrol.

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