Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Ghaith Shennib
April 23, 2013

A car bomb devastated France’s embassy in Tripoli on Tuesday, wounding two French guards in the Libyan capital, which had not seen major attacks like that which killed the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi last year.

Since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled by Western-backed rebels in 2011, Tripoli, like the rest of the sprawling desert state, has been awash with weapons and roving armed bands, but violence in the city has not targeted diplomats before in the way Western envoys have been shot at and bombed in the east of the country.

“This was a terrorist act … aimed at killing,” said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius after he flew in to inspect the damage and visit the wounded, one of whom had emergency surgery.

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