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France lost "brave friend" with Chad president death, urges quick return to civilian rule

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Chad's President Idriss Deby to attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region in the southern French city of Pau, France, January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Pool/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - France deplored the death of Chadian President Idriss Deby on Tuesday and took note of the creation of an interim military body, urging a quick return to civilian rule and a peaceful transition.

“France lost a brave friend,” President Emmanuel Macron’s office said in statement. “It expresses its strong attachment to Chad’s stability and territorial integrity.”

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Alison Williams