Skip to main content


Published on August 22, 2011
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, August 21, 2011

At a time when decisive events are under way in the Tripoli region, in Tripoli itself and elsewhere in Libya, President Sarkozy hails the courage of the National Transitional Council’s fighters and of the Libyan people who are rising up. He assures them once again of France’s full support in achieving the liberation of their country from oppression and dictatorship.

Now that no doubt remains about the outcome, President Sarkozy urges Gaddafi to spare his people further needless suffering by immediately surrendering whatever power he has left and ordering those of his forces who remain loyal to cease fire, lay down their weapons, return to barracks and hand themselves over to the legitimate Libyan authorities./.

      top of the page