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Assad’s speedy exit needed for Syria to form new govt: France, UK

The need for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to speedily exit power has been highlighted by France and Britain on Thursday, with the European leaders saying the embattled regime needs to make way for a new government to be formed by … Continue reading

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France ‘may send anti-aircraft guns to Syrian rebels’

By: Adrian Blomfield With opposition forces consolidating their hold over enclaves in the country captured from the regime, Francois Hollande’s government senses an opportunity for the West to give the rebels military assistance for the first time, a diplomat has … Continue reading

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Cameron and Hollande agree on hastening end of Assad’s rule in Syria

By: Patrick Wintour France and Britain agree on the need to speed up the transition from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria to a new government, French president François Hollande said after a 40-minute meeting with David Cameron at the … Continue reading

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France Sends Funds to 5 Syrian Civic Groups

By: Steven Erlanger PARIS — The French government is providing funds to five revolutionary councils in rebel-held parts of Syria to help them restore water supplies, sanitation, health services and bakeries, a senior French diplomat, Éric Chevallier, said Thursday. French diplomats say … Continue reading

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France Warns Syria on Chemical Weapons Use

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says Western powers would have a “massive” response to any use of chemical or biological weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.   Fabius said in broadcast interviews Monday there is broad agreement about such … Continue reading

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France confirms it is working to establish buffer zone within Syria

By: Adrian Blomfield and Damien McElroy GAZIANTEPE, Turkey – France has confirmed that Western states were working with Turkey to establish buffer zones within Syria as the international community scrambled to formulate a response to the rapidly worsening crisis in … Continue reading

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President Hollande calls on Syrian opposition to form govt, says France would recognize it

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande is calling on Syria’s opposition to form a provisional government and says France would recognize it once such a government is formed. Hollande’s announcement in a speech Monday to France’s ambassadors amounts to new … Continue reading

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Meeting in Syria called off as states refuse to attend

Syrian troops and rebels clashed near Aleppo’s civilian and military airports east of the city yesterday, as Russia cancelled a meeting of the international contact group when western members refused to attend. The government has attempted to keep the city’s … Continue reading

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Hollande says Syrian defector Tlas is in France

A Syrian general and one-time friend of President Bashar al-Assad who fled Damascus this month is in France, President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday. General Manaf Tlas, a member of Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority, had been reported to be in … Continue reading

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France says Syrian defector Tlas in talks with opposition

Syrian general Manaf Tlas, a former friend and ally of President Bashar al-Assad who fled Damascus last week, is in contact with Syrian opposition rebels, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday. “I know the opposition and this general … Continue reading

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