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Bombing attack in Beirut

Published on February 27, 2008
Communiqué from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, January 25, 2008

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the new attack committed this morning in Beirut, in which an officer of the Internal Security Forces was killed and which left many dead and wounded.

After the Parliament and the army, another institution important to Lebanon’s stability and to the security of the Lebanese people has been targeted, in the person of a high official of the Internal Security Forces. France denounces these repeated, lethal attempts to destabilize Lebanon and calls on the international community to put an end to them.

France extends its condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and expresses its solidarity in this time of sorrow to the Lebanese people, its government and its security forces, which were affected by this latest attack. More than ever, France stands by the side of the Lebanese people.

This terrorist act must be thoroughly investigated and its authors and sponsors must be brought to justice.

We reiterate our call to all the parties, within Lebanon and outside the country, to assume their responsibilities without delay and to do everything they can to put an end to the dangerous vacuum at the head of the Lebanese state. Everything must be done in this regard, in the spirit of the ideas contained in the plan adopted unanimously in Cairo by the foreign ministers of the Arab League countries.

France reaffirms its determination to play a full role in the efforts made, with the international community’s support, to strengthen solidarity, stability and unity in Lebanon.

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