How Syrian crisis entered the French presidential election


The decision by United States president Donald Trump to launch air strikes against the regime in Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons has created waves in France's election campaign. Most of the presidential candidates have been critical of the unilateral American action. Two notable exceptions are Socialist Party candidate Benoît Hamon and, to a lesser extent, the independent candidate and favourite Emmanuel Macron. Lénaïg Bredoux reports on how the candidates for the Elysée have reacted to the Syrian crisis.

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During the most difficult periods of his presidency François Hollande has always insisted that he will at least always be given credit for his foreign policy actions. Following the chemical attack in Syria on Tuesday April 4th, the air strikes by the United States that followed and the subsequent reaction from most of the current presidential election candidates, the French head of state looks set to be disappointed even on this.