January 18, 2013 / 11:59 AM / 5 years ago

France had no heads-up on Algerian army assault -source

PARIS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The French government was given no advance warning of Thursday's assault by the Algerian military on militants holding dozens of hostages at a desert gas facility in Algeria, a senior government source said.

Asked whether the government had been given a heads-up, the source said: "No. We learned the same way you did what happened."

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