France has ruled out Western military action against Islamist fighters.
Speaking to RTL radio on Monday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (pictured) said that while there was no question of putting foreign troops into the region, the Western powers were aware of the problem and were drawing up plans to help the Libyan government deal with it.
He added that Britain, Germany, the United States, Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia were all involved in talks on how to help Libya.
France sent troops into Mali last year to combat Islamist militants who had seized control of much of the north of the country.
(Source: Middle East Online)