Conservative UMP party accuses French government of a 'fundamental' doctrine change that puts in danger France's influence on the world stage.
A stormy debate laid bare deep conflicts in French political opinion over President Hollande’s plan to join the US in air strikes against Syria.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad warns the Middle East could “explode” if the US and France pressed ahead with threatened air strikes.
French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault has presented intelligence to parliamentarians which he says shows al-Assad regime has used chemical weapons.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls says France will await the U.S. Congress's decision on military action in Syria before making any move itself.
President Hollande remains determined to punish Syria over chemical weapons despite Obama U-turn, as opposition and public opinion unease grows.
President Hollande backs Obama decision to get green light from Congress but now faces pressure to put the issue to French parliament.
The country which defiantly opposed U.S. intervention in Iraq a decade ago emerges as Washington's staunchest supporter for punitive air strikes.
The United States and France – though no longer Britain, it seems- are poised to intervene militarily in Syria. While helping to remove the Assad regime is an urgent priority, the expected campaign of air strikes seems like a headlong rush without legal basis. And one which is a form of camouflage for past errors and acts of cowardice, the opportunistic management of public opinion and a possible trigger for a regional cataclysm with incalculable consequences. Yet, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet, there are alternatives.
President Francois Hollande expressed readiness to push ahead with plans to strike Syria despite British parliament's rejection of military action
Sounding a more cautious note, President Hollande said political solution could only happen if world could halt chemical attack and other killings.
After days of hesitation, the United States finally seems poised to intervene militarily following Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people. But until then, faced with the enduring crises in Syria and Egypt, the White House had sometimes given the impression that the entire administration was on its summer holiday. More generally, during the first five years of his presidency Barack Obama has shown indecision and muddle in his handling of international issues. To the point, argues Thomas Cantaloube, that the United States is in danger of slipping towards insignificance on the world stage.
President François Hollande said the country is prepared to strike following 'heinous decision to gas innocents' in Syria last week.
Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says if UN cannot make a decision then international commuity would find 'other ways', but rules out ground troops.