France tells citizens to avoid Libya's Benghazi

France has added itself to the list of countries telling their citizens to avoid the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
But the message from Paris, which appeared on Friday on the Foreign Ministry's website in the travel warning section, said that travelers should "temporarily" avoid the region of Benghazi and its environs "to the extent that is possible."
At least three other European countries _ Britain, Germany and the Netherlands _ urged their citizens as early as Thursday to immediately leave Benghazi in response to what they called an imminent threat against Westerners.
The French Foreign Ministry cited "the persistence of security tensions linked to the regional situation as well as rumors of threats toward nationals of Western countries."