Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 06/20 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 06/19 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 06/18 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.

France recognises Libyan opposition council

media French President Nicolas Sarkozy French President Nicolas Sarkozy Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France has become the first country to recognise Libya’s opposition as the representatives of the people. French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s initiative comes one day before an emergency European Union summit in Brussels to discuss the Libyan crisis. Paris says it will propose a plan of action there.

“France has recognised the national transition council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people,” Ali al-Issawi, an envoy for Libya's opposition body, told reporters in Paris after meeting Sarkozy.


France plans to send an ambassador to rebel-held Benghazi, he said.

Newly-appointed French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said from Brussels that France and Germany were calling on their European Union partners to engage in dialogue with the Libyan opposition.

Britain did not follow the French example but declared that the opposition were "valid interlocutors".

Italy will seek the opinion of other European countries before deciding whether it will recognise Libya’s rebels, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday.

Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado said that he had sent a message to Moamer Kadhafi by way of a Tripoli envoy, which said, “The Kadhafi regime is over.”

A Libyan government plane landed in Paris on Wednesday night, a Western official told France's AFP agency, amid reports that Kadhafi was sending emissaries to Europe.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Falcon 900 touched down in Paris ahead of Thursday's meeting of EU foreign ministers and Nato defence chiefs in Brussels.

Despite speculation Kadhafi was sending envoys to Brussels, "they've not initiated any phone call" to Nato, said the official.

Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.