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Obama and Sarkozy honour military action in Libya

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Latest update : 2011-11-04

In a ceremony in the French city of Cannes, the US and French presidents honoured the soldiers from both countries who took part in NATO's armed intervention in Libya and helped topple ex-leader Muammar Gaddafi.

AP - President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy saluted service members from both their countries who fought in a NATO-led campaign that drove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi from power.

They also celebrated the enduring U.S.-French alliance at a ceremony at Cannes City Hall after the two-day Group of 20 economic summit.

As military brass from both countries looked on, Obama said that French and American troops serving shoulder-to-shoulder in the skies over Libya succeeded in liberating the Libyan people and proving the strength of the bond between the U.S. and France.

Sarkozy said they were carrying on a legacy of more than two centuries of cooperation between the two nations.

Date created : 2011-11-04

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