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France Offers to Help Stop Islamic Militants From Mali Fleeing into Libya

Intervention pushing fighters into safer area

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France has offered to work with Libya to seal its boders to Islamist fighters fleeing Mali, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday.

Security officials say the vast deserts of southern Libya are becoming the latest safe havens for Al-Qaeda-linked fighters driven out of Mali by the French-led offensive against Islamist militias.

"France is available to bring contributions to the sovereign tools of the Libyan state, especially on securing the borders," Le Drian told a press conference after attending a security conference in Singapore.