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Starting in 1992, grey wolves started re-appearing in France, arriving across the Alps from ItalyStarting in 1992, grey wolves started re-appearing in France, arriving across the Alps from Italy (AFP Photo/RAYMOND ROIG)

Breil-sur-Roya (France) (AFP) – As the sun sets over the southern French Alps on a cool evening in early June, a flock of sheep huddle in an enclosure at an altitude of 1,500 metres.

Next to them, two khaki-clad watchmen settle down for the night in the Mercantour National Park on the border with Italy, equipped with thermal-vision cameras, warm jackets and a rifle with a night-vision scope.

“What’s going to be important for the next few hours is to be attentive all the time. For a wolf to cross (the pass)

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