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    Bolivia's President Evo Morales | Photo: Reuters

Published 2 March 2017

The video game's imaginary universe contradicts the successful efforts of the Bolivian government to combat the drug trade.

The Bolivian government has filed a formal complaint with the French embassy about a video game produced by a French company that portrays the South American country as an area controlled by drug traffickers, authorities said.

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The game, "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands," was produced by France-based Ubisoft Entertainment SA and is set to be officially launched next week.

The game's beta version has been downloaded by 6.8 million users, according to Ubisoft.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Interior Minister Carlos Romero said Bolivia had delivered a letter to the French ambassador and asked that the French government intervene, adding that Bolivia reserved the right to take legal action.

"We have the standing to do it (take legal action), but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation," Romero said.

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In the video game, according to a synopsis, a Mexican drug cartel controls Bolivia and has turned it into a violent, anarchic narco-state.

But the game’s fictional universe contradicts the successful efforts of the Bolivian government to combat the trade.

While Bolivia is the world's third-largest producer of coca leaves, used to manufacture cocaine, behind Colombia and Peru, the United Nations has praised the government for its de-militarized approach to combating the cocaine trade.

President Morales is a former coca farmer and has pushed for international recognition of the leaf as a natural medicinal product and as an ancestral rite.

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