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12 September 2012 - Death of the United States Ambassador to Libya

Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

I utterly condemn the attack in Benghazi yesterday evening, which claimed the lives of the United States Ambassador to Libya, Mr Christopher Stevens, and three American diplomats.

France calls on the Libyan authorities to shed full light on these heinous and intolerable crimes, identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

In these tragic circumstances, I express France’s full solidarity with the United States and extend all my condolences to the families and loved ones.

Statement by Mr Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

I was shocked to learn of the death in Benghazi of the United States Ambassador to Libya and three of his colleagues. I utterly condemn this terrorist attack.

My first thoughts go to the families and friends of the victims, to whom I extend my condolences, as well as to all American people.

The United States supported, together with us, from its inception, the Libyan pro-democracy movement which led to the overthrow of the tyrannical Qaddafi regime. It can count on our wholehearted solidarity. Ambassador Stevens and his team worked to strengthen the rule of law, democracy and peace.

We want the Libyan authorities to shed full light on these heinous crimes and to take the necessary measures to ensure the protection of diplomatic and consular premises and personnel in their territory.

Despite this tragedy, we must not abandon the goal of building a democratic and free Libya.

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