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A new architecture for fault tolerant controllers is proposed for the generic class of descriptor systems. It is based on coprime factorization of nonproper systems and on the Youla parameterization of stabilizing controllers. Noticing that the Youla controllers include a so called residual signal, fault tolerant control is achieved. Nominal control and robust fault tolerance are addressed separately. Moreover, fault tolerant control can be improved with a scheme integrating fault diagnosis. The design of the diagnosis and fault tolerant control filters reduce to a standard H∞-control problem of usual state-space system.