Interim Council

France recognizes Libyan rebels as legitimate government

France became the first country to recognize the Libyan Interim Governing Council as the legitimate government of Libya, Huffington Post writes.

“It breaks the ice,” said Mustafa Gheriani, an opposition spokesman. “We expect Italy to do it, and we expect England to do it.”

Germany said it froze billions in assets of the Libyan Central Bank and other state-run agencies. The U.S., UK, Switzerland, Austria and other countries have also frozen Gadhafi’s assets.”