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France calls on Syrian army to desert

The French foreign ministry called on Friday for the Syrian military to desert en masse the day after a Syrian air force colonel defected after landing his MiG fighter in Jordan. “Yesterday’s defection leads us to call on members of … Continue reading

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France may send Syrian rebels communications equipment

By: John Irish PARIS, France – France is considering providing communications equipment to Syrian rebels to encourage a “stronger revolt” against President Bashar al-Assad’s government as major powers look for an alternative to a U.N. peace plan, its foreign minister said. … Continue reading

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France says to use G20 to discuss Syria with Russia

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday the G20 summit in Mexico next week would provide an opportunity to try to find a compromise with Russia for a political solution in Syria. “There has to be with Russia at the … Continue reading

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France to propose U.N. Chapter 7 provision on Syria

By: John Irish and Patrick Vignal PARIS, France – France will propose making United Nations envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria obligatory by invoking the U.N.’s “Chapter 7″ provision, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday, describing the conflict there as a … Continue reading

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Syria crisis must be contained, French minister says

The Syrian regime will collapse under the weight of the crisis which must be prevented from spreading to neighboring countries like Lebanon, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday. “France has an attachment to Lebanon and we very strongly … Continue reading

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France says military action in Syria only under UN

SINGAPORE – France says it will only participate in military action in Syria under a United Nations mandate. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told an Asian security summit Sunday that the international community should increase sanctions and pressure in … Continue reading

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French warming to armed intervention in Syria

PARIS, France – A widening majority of French people favor military intervention in Syria and more believe France should participate, according to the first poll on the issue since a recent massacre in the country. The Ifop poll on Saturday showed … Continue reading

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France fails to shift Russia’s Syria sanctions veto

By: Gleb Bryanski and John Irish PARIS, France – France’s new president, Francois Hollande, failed to win the backing of Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Friday for tougher U.N. sanctions aimed at ending violence in Syria. Outrage at last week’s mass killings in the … Continue reading

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France fails to shift Russia’s Syria sanctions veto

France’s new president, Francois Hollande, failed to win the backing of Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Friday for tougher U.N. sanctions aimed at ending violence in Syria. Outrage at last week’s mass killings in the Syrian town of Houla prompted France … Continue reading

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French president says Syria’s Assad has to go

PARIS — France’s president said Friday that the only way to end the violence in Syria is for its president, Bashar Assad, to go, saying his regime had acted in an “intolerable way.” Francois Hollande said pressure and sanctions would … Continue reading

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