The extended fighting in Libya has brought a French proposal that leader Muammar Gaddafi be allowed to stay in the country. In what is clearly a strategic minefield, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said foreign powers are ready to let Gaddafi stay if he steps down. France is keen to prevent NATO-led military action in Libya from dragging on.
In Madrid, Juppe said: “Gaddafi has to leave power, and give up any civil and military roles. That is a condition for us that could lead to a cease fire and a resumption of national dialogue.”