Obama, Sarkozy honor troops who fought in Libya

AP News
Posted: Nov 04, 2011 12:07 PM
Obama, Sarkozy honor troops who fought in Libya

President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are saluting service members from both their countries who fought in a NATO-led campaign that drove Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from power.

They're also celebrating the enduring U.S.-French alliance at a ceremony at Cannes City Hall after the two-day Group of 20 economic summit.

As military brass from both countries looked on, Obama said that French and American troops serving shoulder-to-shoulder in the skies over Libya succeeded in liberating the Libyan people _ and proving the strength of the bond between the U.S. and France.

He said they were carrying on a legacy of more than two centuries of cooperation between the two nations.

The triumphant 7-month air campaign ended Monday less than two weeks after Gadhafi was captured and killed.