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France to work for Middle East stability after U.S. strike - minister

FILE PHOTO: Amelie de Montchalin, newly-appointed French Junior Minister for European affairs, leaves the Elysee Palace following the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France, April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s priority is to stabilise the Middle East, French Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin said on Friday after a U.S. air strike killed Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

“What is happening is what we feared: tensions between the United States and Iran are increasing,” Montchalin told RTL radio. “The priority is to stabilise the region.”

The minister said top French officials would make high-level contacts with senior players in the region.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Edmund Blair