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French village declares 'absolute' ban on Halloween clowns

The tiny town of Vendargues in southern France has banned clown costumes on its streets this Halloween. Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere imposed the rule after a rash of incidents across France in which people dressed as clowns scared children in the streets, and in several cases attacked passersby. The town's website said the ban was "absolute" on Halloween, and that nobody aged 13 or older would be allowed to sport clown garb in the street through November.