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France has ordered 14 diplomats loyal to Muammar Gaddafi to leave the country

France has ordered 14 diplomats loyal to Muammar Gaddafi to leave the country

France has ordered 14 diplomats loyal to Muammar Gaddafi to leave the country

France has ordered 14 diplomats loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to leave the country within 48 hours.

A French foreign ministry spokesman said the 14 "ex-diplomats" worked for Libya's embassy before it was shut about a month ago.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the 14 have been deemed "persona non grata", and they have between 24 and 48 hours to leave France.

France has recognised Libya's opposition movement and has been a major backer of a Nato-led military mission aimed at protecting civilians from an onslaught by Gaddafi's forces.

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