Libyan security forces stand guard as officials arrive for a handover signing gathering at the Libyan Foreign Ministry in Tripoli on April 25, 2016. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA
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France said Tuesday it was ready to help Libya's new unity government with maritime security as the fledgling administration seeks to assert its authority over the chaos-wracked country.We are ready" to help, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France's Europe 1 radio.His remarks came a week after the European Union offered "concrete" support to Libya's unity government to boost the economy and security, including training for the Libyan coastguard to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean. NATO is now three months away from launching its own patrols off Libya as part of a plan to stop migrants arriving in Italy, Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti said Monday.French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said earlier this month that France does not plan to deploy ground troops or launch airstrikes in Libya.
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