03 Jun '11, 10am

France working on those close to Libya's Gaddafi: PARIS - FRANCE said on Friday it was worki...

France working on those close to Libya's Gaddafi: PARIS - FRANCE said on Friday it was worki...

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (above) gives a speech in Rome in this August 30, 2010 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS PARIS - FRANCE said on Friday it was working with those close to Muammar Gaddafi to try to convince him to leave power as well as stepping up military pressure at the start of a second three-month Nato-led mission in Libya. 'He is more and more isolated,' Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told Europe 1 radio. 'There have been more defections around him and we have received messages from his close entourage which has understood that he must leave power.' 'We will increase the military pressure as we have been doing for several days...but at the same time we are talking with everyone who can convince him to leave power,' he said, speaking by telephone during a visit to Israel. A Nato-led military alliance extended its mission to protect civilians in Libya for a furth...

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