The Chilean government ordered three French priests expelled and banned dispatches by the Italian ANSA news agency under a state of siege imposed after the attempted assassination of President Augusto Pinochet on Sunday. The Roman Catholic Church called for moderation in the enforcement of the crackdown. The Interior Ministry said the priests were initially detained for resisting arrest after political pamphlets were discovered in their parish house during a raid. Later, a Chilean official indicated that the expulsion order might be reconsidered. The Italian news service, authorities said, had filed false information.