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France condemns violence in Egypt, calling for restraint


11:01, July 09, 2013

PARIS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- France on Monday condemned recent violence in Egypt, calling on all parties to "exercise restraint" to avoid further escalation of tension.

"France condemns the violence that broke out these past days, wherever it comes from," said Philippe Lalliot, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry. "All light must be shed on the violence that left more than 50 dead this morning."

Bloody clashes occurred Monday morning outside the Egyptian Republican Guard House in Cairo's Nasr City, where deposed president Mohamed Morsi is reportedly detained, leaving at least 51 people killed.

The Egyptian army said the killings near the House were provoked by Morsi's supporters who attacked the premise by using live ammunition, local media reported.

"France takes note of the establishment of an inquiry commission and expresses its solidarity with the families of the victims and the wounded," Lalliot said, urging Egyptians to remain restrained and maintain the unity of their nation.

In talks with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr Monday afternoon, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reiterated the importance of democratic transition and the involvement of all political forces.x Egyptian army ousted Morsi last Wednesday after millions of people took to the streets to protest the Islamist president's "poor performance" since he took office a year ago.

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