France denies reports of losing its warplane over Libya

The French General Staff denied on Sunday media reports that one of its Air Force planes was shot down, saying that all warplanes returned to their bases.

France Press news agency reported earlier citing reports from the Libyan national television that a French warplane was shot down near the country’s capital, Tripoli.

On Thursday the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Libya. Paris has taken the leading role in coordinating the world’s response to the tumult. U.S., British and French military have all launched strikes against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Around 20 French Rafale and Mirage warplanes were sent to patrol the skies over the city of Benghazi. Since the beginning of the attack, the French aviation has destroyed four government tanks in the neighborhoods of the rebellious city.

MOSCOW, March 20 (RIA Novosti)

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