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Visit to Libya 'not about money'

The visit to Libya by the leaders of France and Britain is not about landing economic deals but about showing support for the rebels who ousted Muammar Gaddafi, the French finance minister has said.

Francois Baroin said the visit "is a strong gesture, it is a historic moment to go today to Libya".

The visit by Prime Minister David Cameron and French president Nicolas Sarkozy is the first by foreign leaders since Gaddafi's downfall.

Asked whether there were economic arguments for the visit, Mr Baroin told France-Info radio: "We are not at that stage."

He says France's focus is not yet on reconstruction contracts but on supporting the interim leadership and pursuing "the last pro-Gaddafi pockets".

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