ernard-Henri Levy poses with Libyan rebel soldiers in September 2011
The French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy has been banned from visiting Libya as part of a delegation led by former premier Nicolas Sarkozy.
The ban, by the mayor of Tripoli, comes as a blow to Levy who visited Libya to show his support for the rebels' anti-Gaddafi campaign. He claimed to have been invited by the Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan during his visit to Paris in January. The latter has denied issuing the invitation.
A spokesman for the Tripoli town hall said: " We haven't invited him. If he comes we will shut the door on him." The town hall claims its security is at risk from attack by Islamist militias.
The high-level French visit was timed to coincide with the second anniversary of French intervention on behalf of the rebels.
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