Macron: France to stop slave trade in Libya

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for emergency measures to rescue people in Libya and put an end to slave trade.

Macron was speaking to university students in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, saying that massive support to evacuate people in danger from Libya was an international emergency.

He coined the mistreatment of migrants in Libya as “a crime against humanity” and said international governments should intervene as early as possible and put everyone involved in slave trade to justice.

Macron said the Euro-African summit starting today should propose an initiative “to put an end to the strategy” of terrorists and people-traffickers.

Adding that the French government will do everything in its power to put slave trade in Libya to a halt, once and for all.

The French president also urged Libyan nationals to cooperate with French officials, this comes after a French military vehicle was attacked by a grenade before a vehicle belonging to the French delegation was attacked by stones.

Earlier this month, CNN aired footage showing a slave auction in Libya where migrants in the country were sold for 400 dollars each.

Following the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has become a main launching-point for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe.

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