Countries targeted by Islamic State will probably soon have to crush the group in Libya,¬†France’s prime minister said on Friday, as rival Libyan factions neared signing a United Nations-backed unity agreement.

French officials have been warning for more than a year that the political void in the north African state, which faces European Union members Malta and Italy across the Mediterranean Sea, is creating favourable conditions for Islamist groups.

The longer a national unity government is not in place, the easier it will be for Islamic State to take root in the country, they say. […]