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France's Sarkozy vows to intensify strikes in Libya

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:36 GMT
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PARIS, April 20 (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy promised Libyan rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil on Wednesday that France would intensify air strikes on Muammar Gaddafi's army, the president's office said in a statement.

It gave no detail on how the strikes would be ramped up.

Following talks at the Elysee Palace, his first meeting with the French president, Abdel Jalil told reporters he had invited Sarkozy to visit the eastern rebel-held city of Benghazi.

He also said the rebel opposition pledged to try and build a democracy in Libya where the head of state would come to power "by the ballot box, not atop a tank". (Reporting by Alexandria Sage; Writing by Catherine Bremer; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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