French navy sending helicopter carrier to Libya

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France is sending its second-largest warship, the helicopter carrier Mistral, to waters off Libya to help evacuate refugees from the conflict there, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

The ministry said the Mistral would take part in a European Union-led plan to repatriate thousands of Egyptian guest workers who are flooding out of Libya to escape fighting between Moamer Kadhafi's troops and rebels.

© 2011 AFP

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