Wed, September 12, 2012
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France strongly condemnes killing of U.S. envoy in Libya

2012-09-12 14:49:23 GMT2012-09-12 22:49:23(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

PARIS, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday firmly condemned the attack in Benghazi that resulted in death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, as well as three other American diplomats.

"France calls on Libyan authorities to shed light on these odious and unacceptable crimes, identify those culprits and bring them to justice," the French president said in a statement.

Hollande affirmed France's solidarity with the United States at this tragic moment. "I extend my condolence to the families and loved ones of the victims," he added.

Stevens was killed along with three other embassy staff in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in eastern Lybia. Hundreds of protesters were angered by an American film which they felt offended prophet Mohammed and therefore launched the attack.

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