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France urges action 'to avoid civil war' in Egypt

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-15

French President François Hollande said Thursday that "everything must be done to avoid a civil war" in Egypt after Wednesday's brutal massacre of supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi left at least 525 people dead.

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that "everything must be done to avoid a civil war" in Egypt, after a crackdown by security forces on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi left over 525 people dead.

Hollande called for an immediate halt to the bloodshed, his office said in a statement, echoing strong international condemnation of Wednesday's day of violence, the worst in Egypt in decades.

Hollande summoned the Egyptian ambassador to convey France's "great concern over the tragic events", the statement said, adding that the president urged Egypt's rulers to swiftly end a month-long state of emergency imposed in the wake of the crackdown.

"France is committed to finding a political solution and calls for elections to be held as soon as possible, in line with the commitments made by Egypt's transitional authorities," it said.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-08-15

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