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Protesters attack French troops in Lebanon

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At least five French peacekeepers have been wounded in a bomb attack in southern Lebanon.

The troops were travelling in a vehicle on the outskirts of city of Tyre when it was struck by a roadside explosive device.

A Lebanese civilian who was close by is also believed to have suffered injuries.

The French peacekeepers who were hurt are part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon – known as UNIFIL.

The force has been in the region since 1978 to monitor Lebanon’s border with Israel, and was increased to 12,000 after the conflict between Israel and Lebanese militants Hezbollah in 2006.

This is the third attack on UNIFIL troops in Lebanon this year.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe is urging Lebanese authorities to bring those responsible to justice.