Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has accused France of meddling in his country’s affairs.
Paris has hailed the creation of rebel group the National Libyan Council and pledged support for its principles and goals.
In an interview with France 24, Gaddafi was asked about a provisional recognition of the anti-government movement.
“That’s interfering in Libya’s domestic affairs. If we were to intervene in what is happening in Corsica and Sardinia, how would (France and Italy) react?” he said.
“Why did we not intervene in northern Italy when Umberto Bossi wanted to created the so-called state of Padania? Because it was illegal, that’s why. These armed terrorists in Benghazi, including members of al Qaeda, do not have clear political demands.”
Gaddafi also said that international media were distorting the facts.
He said that they had chosen to ignore the broad support that his government enjoys, and he dismissed reports about problems in Libya as “lies.”