Johannesburg – France has been accused by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, of intervening in the current clashes taking place in the Libyan capital Tripoli as the North African country inches closer to civil war following four days of clashes which have left approximately 27 dead and many more injured.
Forces from eastern Libya loyal to renegade general Khalifa Hafter, who leads the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) who support the rival House of Representatives (HoR) government based in Tobruk in the east of Libya, have been battling forces loyal to the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital.
Tajani, who is also vice president of the Italian party "Forza Italia", said France’s alleged intervention revolved around serving its own interests, Al-Jazeera reported.
"We have always said that France and Italy have separate interests in Libya, so much so, that (former president Nicolas) Sarkozy was one of the strong supporters of overthrowing and then killing Muammar Gaddafi, along with the Americans and the British," Tajani told Italian media.
"France has made a dramatic historical mistake and was hoping for a stronger presence in Libya, but at the end, there is nothing but chaos and we have paid the price, through the continuing migration flows," he added.