France Names Envoy to Libyan Rebel Movement, AFP Reports

France has named an envoy to the Libyan rebel forces, Agence France-Presse reported, citing unnamed French officials.

Antoine Sivan, 53, who speaks Arabic and has worked in French embassies in Qatar and Iraq, left France two days ago for Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city where the Interim National Council is based.

France’s government was the first to say that it regards the council, which is seeking the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi, as the representative of the Libyan people.

The French Foreign Ministry didn’t return calls seeking comment.

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