France condemns 'violent repression' in Guinea
France on Monday condemned the "violent repression" of opposition demonstrators in Guinea after witnesses said dozens of people were killed in a police crackdown in Conakry.
"France condemns in the strongest terms the violent repression exercised by the army against the opposition and civil society during a peaceful demonstration held in Conakry," said a foreign ministry statement.
Guinea's former colonial ruler called for the release of all persons arrested at the rally, and urged the movement of junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, the CNDD, to heed calls for democratic elections.
"France calls on the National Council for Democracy and Development to show responsibility and to listen to the Guinean people's legitimate aspiration to democratically choose their leaders," said the foreign ministry.
The Guinean protestors had gathered to oppose any bid by Camara, who took power in December 2008, to run for president in elections due next January. Camara is also under strong international pressure to step down.
The French foreign ministry called on Camara to honour a commitment not to stand for re-election, saying it "would allow for calm to return" in Guinea.
France said it was consulting its partners in the European Union and an international contact group following the situation since the Guinea putsch to "study the consequences that should rapidly be drawn from these events."