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In pictures: Nurseries burn

Charred nursery in Saint-Maurice, near Lyon

A creche in the quiet town of Saint-Maurice, near Lyon, was charred by a petrol bomb.

Woman and girl look at ruined nursery in Acheres

Little remains of the nursery in Acheres, west of Paris.

Ruined nursery in Acheres

Snapshots of the Acheres nursery's babies were among the few objects that escaped the flames.

Items are taken out of the nursery in Fives, Lille

Residents of Fives, Lille, were shocked at the sight of the ruined nursery.

Ruined creche in Fleury-Merogis, near Paris

The "creche familiale" in Fleury-Merogis, south of Paris, was completely destroyed by flames.

Scorched room of nursery on the Cite Verte housing estate in Carpentras

Mayor Jean-Claude Andrieu of Carpentras saw the damage at a local nursery for himself.

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