12 July 2011 Last updated at 15:48 France says it has had contacts with envoys from Muammar Gaddafi who say the Libyan leader is "prepared to leave".
"The Libyan regime is sending messengers everywhere, to Turkey, to New York, to Paris" offering to discuss Col Gaddafi's exit, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told French radio.
But he added that such contacts did not constitute negotiations.
France played a key role in launching Nato-led strikes in Libya, under a UN-mandated mission to protect civilians.
Mr Juppe told France Info radio on Tuesday: "We are receiving emissaries who are telling us: 'Gaddafi is prepared to leave. Let's discuss it.'
"There are contacts but it's not a negotiation proper at this stage."
Mr Juppe did not say who the emissaries were.
French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said: "These are emissaries who say they are coming in the name of Gaddafi. What is important is that we send them the same message and stay in close contact with our allies on this."
Col Gaddafi remains in power in Tripoli despite almost four months of air strikes by international forces, leading to fears of stalemate.
Rebels are holding eastern Libya and pockets in the west, but have not made decisive moves towards the capital.
France and other coalition countries have insisted that the Libyan leader must stand down for hostilities to end.
"There is a consensus on how to end the crisis, which is that Gaddafi has to leave power," Mr Juppe reiterated.
Article Source : BBC News
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