Bin Laden death 'victory for all democracies': France

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Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's death at the hands of US forces is a "victory for all democracies fighting the abominable scourge of terrorism", France's Foreign Minster Alain Juppe said Monday.

"France, the United States and European states work closely together to fight terrorism, so I'm overjoyed at the news," Juppe told state radio after Washington announced Bin Laden's death in Pakistan.

Juppe warned that the threat of terrorism would survive Bin Laden, citing the example of a bomb attack in Morocco last week that killed at least eight French citizens, and said Paris would remain on top alert.

"We will be more vigilant than ever. The terrorist threat is high. We saw that in Marrakesh a few days ago, alas," he said. "The fight is certainly not over against the worst kind of cowardice, attacks on the innocent."

© 2011 AFP

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