France is expelling 14 Libyan diplomats

Last Updated: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 15:25

Paris: France`s Foreign Ministry says the government has ordered 14 diplomats loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to leave the country within 48 hours.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman says the fourteen "ex-diplomats" worked for Libya`s embassy before it was shut about a month ago. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the official protocol.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday that the 14 have been deemed "persona non grata," and that they have between 24 to 48 hours to leave France.

France has recognized Libya`s opposition movement and has been a major backer of a NATO-led military mission aimed to protect civilians from an onslaught by Gaddafi`s forces.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 15:25

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