French parliament to vote on Libya intervention on July 12
France's participation in the NATO intervention in Libya will be put to the vote after a debate in the French parliament on July 12, the president of the National Assembly, Bernard Accoyer, announced Tuesday.
The debate and vote is needed to fulfill a condition in the French constitution requiring government to seek parliament's approval for foreign interventions lasting more than four months, DPA reported.
The campaign in Libya began on March 19, when a multi-country coalition, acting on a United Nations Security Council resolution, began imposing a no-fly zone over Libya as well as a campaign of bombardments aimed at neutralizing Moamer Gaddafi's military capacity.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy had campaigned vigorously in support of the intervention, in which French fighter jets carried out the first strikes.
Three months into the campaign, questions are being asked of its effectiveness as Gaddafi shows no sign of acceding to demands by Western-backed rebels for him to step aside.
The announcement of the French vote comes a week after several members of the US congress filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying he violated US law by not seeking the authorization of Congress for the US military role in Libya.