.htaccess issue - appending parameters

I've been trying to figure a way of rewriting a url to direct anything *.php to index.php, which Ive managed to do by using:-
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^(.+)/(.+).php index.php?section=$1&file=$2 [nc]
RewriteRule ^(.+).php index.php?file=$1 [nc]

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which by navingating to test3.php redirects to index.php?file=test3 and /sub/test3.php navigates to index.php?section=/sub/&file=test3

However what I want to do is append the parameters passed to the page, so for example navigating to test3.php?param=27 redirects to index.php?file=test3&param=27 , so what Ive done is the following:-
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule ^(.+)/(.+).php?(.+) index.php?section=$1&file=$2&$3 [nc]
RewriteRule ^(.+).php?(.+) index.php?file=$1&$2 [nc]

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But it doesnt seem to append the parameters correctly, and I cannot figure out where Im going wrong.

Anyone know of a possible solution?

Thank you
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Jan LouwerensSoftware EngineerCommented:
Try adding the query string append flag to the rewrite rule: [QSA]
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