France has urged humanitarian aid to take priority over installing a no-fly zone. In a radio interview, European Affairs Minister Laurent Wauquiez said:
Libya is twice the size of France. So is it even possible to set up a no-fly zone quickly, and would it be effective? The main risk is that [Gaddafi] uses his money to pay an army of mercenaries.
Paris is in favour of the European Union going a step further on that point. The Libyan state owns stakes in European companies. The aim would be to ensure that it can not sell its stakes.