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France names 'ambassador' to Libyan rebel stronghold

French ambassador to Benghazi appointed and on route to Libya

AFP , Tuesday 29 Mar 2011

France will send an "ambassador" to Benghazi, the Libyan rebel stronghold in eastern Libya, a French official told AFP.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the envoy, 53-year-old Antoine Sivan, was on his way to Benghazi, where the rebellion against embattled strongman Muammar Gaddafi is based.

Sivan, a career diplomat and Arabic speaker, left France on Sunday and was to travel by road to Libya via Egypt, the source added.

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