France to deploy helicopters in Libya

By REUTERS
May 23, 2011 11:55




PARIS - France plans to deploy attack helicopters in Libya, the first to be used in the coalition against Muammar Gaddafi's forces, a French newspaper reported on Monday.

Twelve helicopters were shipped out to Libya on French battleship Tonnerre on May 17, daily Le Figaro reported, to help break a military stalemate three months into an uprising against Gaddafi's four-decade rule.

"Using helicopters from the Tonnerre is a way of getting closer to the ground," the newspaper said, citing a source close to the matter.

An Armed Forces spokesman declined to confirm the report, but said the ship in question could carry helicopters.


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