France urges aid, not military action for Libya

March 1, 2011 10:51

PARIS - France said on Tuesday humanitarian aid must be the priority in Libya rather than military action to oust Muammar Gaddafi, one day after the United States said it was moving warships and air forces closer to Libya.

The French government has sent two airplanes with medical equipment and staff to the Libyan city of Benghazi, now in the hands of anti-Gaddafi rebels, and more planes are to follow, government spokesman Francois Baroin said.

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