France hopes Zarqawi death will cut Iraq violence

8th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 8, 2006 (AFP) - France — which bitterly opposed the US-led war in Iraq — said it hoped the death of al-Qaeda frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would lead to a fall in the violence wracking the country.

PARIS, June 8, 2006 (AFP) - France — which bitterly opposed the US-led war in Iraq — said it hoped the death of al-Qaeda frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would lead to a fall in the violence wracking the country.

The French foreign ministry said it had "taken note" of the announcement by Iraqi and US authorities that Zarqawi — one of the world's most wanted men — had been killed in an airstrike near Baghdad.

Paris hopes that "violence will diminish in Iraq and hopes for a return of stability and security in the country, within the framework of full sovereignty," said ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei.

"France is fully committed to the fight against terrorism," he said.

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