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Religion » Plans for temple near Paris trigger fears of a growing LDS presence.

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"I’ve watched television reports about the Mormons, especially in America," said resident Veronique Lindet. "I try to be fairly open, but I have to admit I think it’s a form of sect."

But another woman, who gave only her first name, Michelle, just laughed.

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"I’ve visited Salt Lake City three times so I know the Mormon temple and everything about it," she said. "It doesn’t mean I’m going to convert."

Euvrard, the local church spokesman, said that while only the faithful will be able to visit the temple once it is dedicated, the surrounding gardens will be open to the public.

"Some fear Chesnay will become a new Salt Lake City, that they will see Mormons everywhere," he said. "These are just fantasies. The more people get to know us, the more they will get the right ideas."

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