French military administration in Fezzan The Military Territory of Fezzan-Ghadames
was a territory in the southern part of the former Italian colony of Libya
occupied and administered by the French from 1943 until Libyan independence in 1951. It was part of the Allied administration of Libya
The British administration began the training of a badly needed Libyan civil service. Italian administrators continued to be employed in Tripoli, however. The Italian legal code remained in effect for the duration of the war. In the lightly populated Fezzan region, a French military administration formed a counterpart to the British operation. With British approval, Free French forces moved north from Chad to take control of the territory in January 1943. French administration was directed by a staff stationed in Sabha, but it was largely exercised through Fezzan notables of the family of Sayf an Nasr. At the lower echelons, French troop commanders acted in both military and civil capacities according to customary French practice in the Algerian Sahara. In the west, Ghat was attached to the French military region of southern Algeria and Ghadamis to the French command of southern Tunisia – giving rise to Libyan nationalist fears that French intentions might include the ultimate detachment of Fezzan from Libya
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- ^ Metz, Helen Chapin. "Libya: Allied Administration".
Inauguration of a stele commemorating the capture of Sebha by the Free French Forces in 1943
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