07/27/2014 12:57 pm ET Updated Sep 26, 2014

French Foreign Ministry Calls On French Nationals To Leave Libya

ABDULLAH DOMA via Getty Images

PARIS, July 27 (Reuters) - France on Sunday called on all French nationals to leave Libya, which in the last two weeks has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

"All our nationals are invited to get in touch as quickly as possible with our embassy in Tripoli," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes near the embassy compound in Tripoli. (Reporting by Michel Rose and John Irish; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)