No aim to topple Arab regimes: France

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Paris, April 17: Alain Juppe, the French foreign minister on April 16, stated that his country is not bent upon toppling leaders in the Arab World and all that despite being at the fore-front of the aerial campaign against the Muammar Gaddafi regime in Libya.

Asserting that the civillians in Libya can't be protected unless Gadaffi is booted out of power, he also reiterated that it necessarily doesn't mean that France is intending to topple regimes across the Arab World. He said, "Our policy is not to lead to changes in regime."

France is leading the aerial attacks in Libya and earlier this month, it also intervened militarirly in Ivory Coast to topple Laurent Gbagbo government.

Speaking about the unrest in Syria and Yemen, he said, "Yemen and Syria the situation is extremely worrying....These countries must realise that there is no path other than dialogue that brings a clear answer to the aspirations of their people that need to express themselves with complete freedom."

Coincidentally, the unrests in Arab World are spread over the countries which are erstwhile French Colonies.

France has the second largest muslim population in Europe, of which a majority belongs to Algeria, which is also seeing a massive unrest against the decades old regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Juppe, endorsing the reforms announced by Algeria government, said, "President (Abdelaziz) Bouteflika announced a number of reforms ...all of this is going in the right direction."

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