French lower house votes to extend Libya mission

July 12, 2011 18:56

PARIS - France's lower house of parliament voted on Tuesday to extend military operations in Libya, keeping French forces in a wider NATO effort to protect civilians and support a rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi.

The National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant further funding for the military operation nearly four months after French planes started bombing troops loyal to Gaddafi in eastern Libya, with 482 deputies voting in favor and 27 against.

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