Meanwhile, Malta cringed, sat on the fence and took calls and visits from Gaddafi's men

Published: March 18, 2011 at 8:06pm

Libya and Sarkozy’s moment
Gavin Hewitt/BBC World | Friday, 18 March 2011

If sometime in the future the Libyan opposition win and come to power in Tripoli, they might consider a statue to the French president. There could be a Sarkozy Square or even a boulevard named after him.

There is no doubt that the French leader, with his renowned energy, was the key player in driving through a UN resolution that now allows “all necessary measures” to be used to protect civilians in Libya. He was undeterred by a divided EU and a G8 palpably unenthusiastic about any military action.

It’s not that he acted alone. David Cameron was an ally, working the phones to get the votes in New York. But as Francois Baroin, Sarkozy’s spokesman said, it was “the French who led the calls for action”. The French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe travelled to New York to lobby the UN ambassadors.

(…) But today the French will say they have won a battle for intervention. As Alain Juppe, the French foreign minister said: “We cannot allow these warmongers to go on. We cannot let international law be flouted.”

15 Comments Comment

  1. ciccio2011 says:

    Is this a subtle way by the BBC to call for a Misrah David Cameron in the middle of Tripoli?

    • Corinne Vella says:

      It won’t be a Misrah Dom Mintoff or Misrah Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, that’s for sure.

      • ciccio2011 says:

        After all the service they rendered to him, he did not even dedicate one “kantuniera” to them in his 42 years of rule. And they keep sucking up to him.

  2. Anthony says:

    A diplomatic coup for the French President that will go down in history.

    • ciccio2011 says:

      It will go down well for the Presidential campaign, that is for sure.
      It will be an erection (of a statue) in Libya followed by re-election in France.

  3. Maria says:

    Ce que l’Europe lui a refuse` l’Onu lui a accorde’. La victoire remet Nicolas Sarkozy en course pour 2012.

  4. yor says:

    Too many people here like the idea of arse in air with head in sand. There is a Jewish tale from the horrors of WWII it goes like this. They came for my neighbours at night. I hid, prayed and did nothing. This went on for several nights until they came for me, but there was now nobody left to help me.

    We do not have an airforce but we do have the biggest flat top in the Med plus one runway (our old one ) lying quite idle. We can do the right thing and honour our forefathers who deservedly were presented with the GEORGE CROSS.

  5. Stefan Vella says:

    I am speechless:-

    Joseph Cachia(1 hour, 9 minutes ago)
    cause we are not interested to join hypocrites like cameron and sarkozy This isn’t IRAQ illegal invasion nor an international issue It’s an internal issue, none have the right to interfere, be it NATO or UN YES we have the RIGHT solution: Gaddafi regime should immediatly embark on the last stage and shoot all PROTESTERS in SIGHT and any FOREIGN AIR or LAND FORCE be it FRENCH / BRITISH or american Joseph Cachia 84 Sciara MIZRAN Tripoli

  6. H.P. Baxxter says:

    Straight off a British military forum:

    “1744: Malta, which lies in the Mediterranean not far from Libya’s coast, says it will not allow UN forces to use its bases to enforce a no-fly zone. The country is politically neutral by constitution, reports AFP.”

    Malta has always been up the Colonel’s arse ever since Mintoff kicked us out,neutral my arrse!

  7. Josephine says:

    “If sometime in the future the Libyan opposition win and come to power in Tripoli, they might consider a statue to the French president. There could be a Sarkozy Square or even a boulevard named after him.”

    U hawn Malta ghandna xi pjazza msemmijja wara Gaddafi. Possibbli li ma’ tistax tinbidel isimha?

  8. John Schembri says:

    Hemm Gaddafi Gardens Rahal Gdid. Sa fejn naf jien hi propjeta tal-Libja.

  9. I.R.A.B. says:

    Never thought we’d be saying this but the French are looking like heroes today. I wasn’t a fan of Sarkozy until all this, but he handled this so well.

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