After faltering in its response to uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, France emerged as a surprisingly robust diplomatic force in dealing with the Libya crisis – even if President Nicolas Sarkozy’s approach has left some people scratching their heads.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy was the most vocal advocate of a no-fly zone over Libya, and France was the first Western power to recognise the Libyan opposition. Friday morning, in the wake of a UN resolution authorising “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians from attacks by Gaddafi’s forces, French authorities were saying military action could be imminent.
French and British planes could be sent to fly over Libya before Paris talks on Saturday as a political message to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
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