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Boris Johnson on light-fingered Parisians and honest Londoners

4 October 2010 Last updated at 12:29 BST

Boris Johnson said "only three" cycles have been stolen under the London bike hire scheme launched a few weeks ago, and all were later recovered.

But he said hundreds have been stolen by "light-fingered Parisians" before saying he does not want to damage the 'entente cordiale' with France.