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The French love him (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

leo

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(Other definitions for leo that I've seen before include "5th sign of the zodiac" , "A constellation; several popes" , "one of several popes" , "Lion sign of the Zodiac" , "Horoscope sign" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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