France hails Mubarak's 'courageous' resignation
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday saluted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's "courageous and necessary" decision to step down, and called for free and fair elections be held in the country.
"France pays homage to this courageous and necessary decision," he said in a statement that called on the "new Egyptian authorities" to carry out reforms that will make Egypt a "free and pluralist society."
"France calls on all Egyptians to continue their march towards liberty," Sarkozy said, adding that he saluted the "historic moment that Egypt is going through."
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