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France's foreign ministry denies objecting to the US handling aid flights

The French Foreign Ministry said that France made "no protest" against the US handling of aid flights into Haiti, contradicting a statement made earlier by Junior Minister for Cooperation Alain Joyandet.


AFP - The French government protested Saturday the US handling of aid flights into Haiti, after a French hospital aircraft was prevented from landing, Secretary of State for Cooperation Alain Joyandet said.

"I have made an official protest to the Americans through the US embassy," Joyandet told reporters at the US-operated airport in Port-au-Prince, the main port of entry into the impoverished Caribbean nation devastated by a massive earthquake.

A French hospital aircraft was turned back from the international airport on Friday, after a major logjam of dozens of planes carrying rescuers and supplies for survivors.

The Haitian government has tasked the United States with operating the airport, whose control tower was destroyed in Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude quake.

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