“France therefore also sent equipment allowing them to defend themselves ... ”
decision to send arms had been taken without consulting its NATO partners and it quoted a high-level source saying it was “because there was no other way to proceed.”
A French military source said that no planes could fly in the area without NATO knowing about it. Le Figaro said it had seen a confidential map stamped by French intelligence services showing various areas in the mountains including Yafran and Nalut under the control of rebels where weapons could be sent.
Speaking after a meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and rebel chief Mahmoud Jibril, National Transitional Council Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam told reporters on Tuesday it had not asked