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The mystery of what really fuelled the French-led intervention in Libya

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Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron visiting Benghazi. © Reuters Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron visiting Benghazi. © Reuters

A report published this week by the UK parliament’s foreign affairs committee made public its highly critical conclusions after a one-year inquiry into Britain's involvement in the 2011 military intervention in Libya which led to the overthrow of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. The committee described the operation, which was led by France, as ill-prepared, ill-informed and without a cohesive strategy. No parliamentary inquiry into the military campaign has ever been held in France, and what exactly fuelled then-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s eagerness to remove Gaddafi remains uncertain, although a number of clues point to a motive ignored by the UK committee of MPs. Fabrice Arfi reports.

UK must trigger Brexit clause immeditely says France

Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault suggested Britain appoint a new premier 'within a few days' and invoke EU's article 50 to start exit talks.

How Brexit referendum turned into an elite-bashing show

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The surprise vote in Britain highlighted numerous fractures within British society, in particular between old and young voters. As Mediapart English's Michael Streeter reports, the referendum also persuaded many disgruntled and impoverished working class voters to vote for the first time in years – and punish the Establishment elites.

Brexit debate reveals France's own splits over EU

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Proponents and opponents of Britain staying in the EU, June 15th, 2016. © Reuters Proponents and opponents of Britain staying in the EU, June 15th, 2016. © Reuters

Whichever way Britain votes in its referendum on EU membership this Thursday, French president François Hollande has promised new “initiatives” in the coming days to reinvigorate the European Union. Hollande himself has gone out on a limb by associating himself strongly with British premier David Cameron's opposition to so-called 'Brexit'. Meanwhile, as Lénaïg Bredoux reports, the French Left is itself split over the issue of Europe and how to approach it.

Cameron in Paris for last-minute talks on new EU membership terms

Seeking a deal ahead of 'Brexit' referendum, the UK PM met with President François Hollande in Paris in a bid to gain French backing for concessions.

President Hollande urges UK MPs to back Cameron on IS airstrikes

French president makes unusual intervention urging Britain's House of Commons to back PM's request for Britain to join military coalition.

President Hollande and UK PM Cameron pay tribute outside Bataclan

British premier said he was convinced UK should pursue air strikes in Syria while French president vowed to step up attacks on Islamic State.

France softens its opposition to British EU reform plans

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron said creative ways can be found to amend EU treaties and prevent a European 'Brexit' crisis.

France's far-right Front National calls for EU referendum

FN's Florian Philippot says French President François Hollande should 'follow the British example' and hold a vote on EU membership.

France accuses British PM of trying to 'dismantle' European Union

As David Cameron embarks on charm offensive with European leaders, French foreign minister describes EU referendum pledge as 'risky'.

France and Germany agree closer eurozone ties without EU treaty change

Deal between Paris and Berlin on tighter political union seen as blow to British premier David Cameron's own hopes for treaty changes.

French government rules out any EU treaty change for UK

In major blow to British premier's efforts to change bloc’s rules, French minister says attempt to change treaties would be 'doomed to failure'.

Hollande invites re-elected Cameron to Paris

The French president congratulated the British PM for his election victory and invited him to France for talks on international affairs and the EU.

France attacks: world leaders to join crowds at Paris march

The emotional march, which is expected to attract more than a million people, will be led by relatives of the victims of last week's attacks.

‘France is pro-business’ French PM tells London

Giving a speech in the heart of the City, prime minister Manuel Valls urged British businesses to invest in France.