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Libyan rebel victory ‘not complete’: France

Victory over Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi's regime is "not complete", French officials warned on Tuesday, as Paris' joy over the rebel forces' entry into Tripoli gave way to renewed caution.

“I said yesterday that victory was not complete,” insisted Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, who on Monday had written — in a blog post entitled “End of a dictatorship” — “The goal is being achieved.”  

Defence Minister Gerard Longuet, who on Monday had declared “The regime has fallen, the turnaround is total”, said on France Inter radio: “In Libya the situation is not totally at an end, far from it.”  

Both officials confirmed that there were still pockets of resistance by pro-Qaddafi fighters and that combat was continuing, holding out the possibility of more NATO air strikes to help the rebels.  

Juppe told Europe 1 radio that officials from France, Britain, Turkey, Germany, the United States and several Arab countries had held a conference call on Monday to discuss their ongoing military mission.

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