French Firms Halt Lifting of Libyan Crude Oil and Products

French state-owned oil companies and affiliates of international oil firms operating in France have halted lifting Libyan crude oil and petroleum products but, have denied adamantly that they have done so because of pressure exerted upon them by the government, attributing the move instead to commercial and market factors. MEES soundings indicate,

This move, it is understood, is intended to provide discreet support for...