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French city bans 'ostentatious display' of foreign flags during World Cup

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Algeria's football fans celebrate on the Canebiere in Marseille, southern France, on June 26, 2014 after the match Algeria vs Russia in a FIFA 2014 World Cup Group H match
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Algeria's football fans celebrate on the Canebiere in Marseille, southern France, on June 26, 2014 after the match Algeria vs Russia in a FIFA 2014 World Cup Group H match (AFP Photo/Boris Horvat)

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The city of Nice, France has banned the 'ostentatious display' of all foreign flags at night during the World Cup in a move that seems to be targeting the sizable local Algerian population. 

The decision was announced several hours before Algeria's round of 16 match against Germany and follows 74 arrests made in France that were related to celebrations of Algeria reaching the knockout stage.

From the AP:

Christian Estrosi, deputy mayor of Nice and a member of the conservative UMP party, signed the municipal order, citing "intolerable behavior that disrupts public tranquility." Foreign flags are banned from 6 p.m. until 4 a.m.

France beat Nigeria 2-0 on Monday to reach the quarterfinals, where they would face Algeria if the Fennec Foxes can pull off the upset against Germany.

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