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The wife of Meng Hongwei, the Interpol president held in China since September, has sought asylum in France for herself and her twin children, BBC reported.

Grace Meng and the seven-year-olds live in Lyon, the international police agency's headquarters. Meng Hongwei disappeared during a visit to China.

In October the Chinese authorities said Mr Meng was being investigated over suspected bribe-taking.

His wife and children are under police protection, having received threats.

Quoted by France Inter radio on Friday, she said, "I fear they will kidnap me."

"I've received strange phone calls. Even my car was damaged. Two Chinese - a man and woman - followed me to the hotel," she said.

In media interviews she has refused to show her face, fearing for her safety.

On the day her husband went missing, she said he had sent her a social media message telling her to "wait for my call", before sending a knife emoji, signifying danger.

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