France calls for restraint, dialogue in Egypt

28th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie called Friday for restraint and dialogue in Egypt as President Hosni Mubarak summoned the army to deal with thousands of rampaging protesters.

"France expresses its extreme concern at the demonstrations that have been rocking Egypt for several days and which have shown renewed vigour this Friday," said Alliot-Marie.

Paris "regrets the victims and calls for restraint," she said, adding: "only dialogue among all the parties" can improve matters "in order to take into account aspirations that are being expressed for more liberty and democracy.

"It is up to Egyptian authorities to find the means able to satisfy them," Alliot-Marie said.

Her remarks mirrored similar statements made by the United States, Germany and the European Union as Egyptians marked their fourth day of violent protests demanding Mubarak's ouster.

© 2011 AFP

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