Keyword: Syria

Syria: war, silence and lies


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.

France: UK vote doesn't thwart plans to hit Syria

President Francois Hollande expressed readiness to push ahead with plans to strike Syria despite British parliament's rejection of military action

France: political solution the ultimate goal for Syria

Sounding a more cautious note, President Hollande said political solution could only happen if world could halt chemical attack and other killings.

Obama the isolationist


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.


France 'ready to punish' Syria over gas attack

President François Hollande said the country is prepared to strike following 'heinous decision to gas innocents' in Syria last week.

France warns Syria of forceful response over chemical weapon claims

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says if UN cannot make a decision then international commuity would find 'other ways', but rules out ground troops.

Hollande on two-day trip to Qatar

French President François Hollande is in the Gulf kingdom to discuss trade and the conflict in Syria, before travelling to Jordan on Sunday.

France demands release of journalists missing in Syria

President Francois Hollande said the journalists, French radio station Europe 1's Didier Francois and Edouard Elias, should be freed immediately.

France's Fabius 'confirms sarin use' by Syria regime

Foreign minister says lab tests in Paris confirmed numerous uses of the nerve agent, adding that those who use chemical weapons must be punished.

France's Le Monde says chemical weapons used in Syria

Newspaper says one of its photographers suffered blurred vision and respiratory difficulties after an attack on April 13 just inside central Damascus.

France backs placing Hezbollah military wing on EU terror list

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, speaking in Jordan, said France would back moves to place Lebanese Shia militant group on terror list.

At least 50 French citizens ‘waging jihad in Syria’

Anti-terror judge tells media he is worried about the implication of large numbers of French Muslims heading to Syria to fight a holy war.

Hollande urges Putin on Syria peace negotiations

Syria and human rights were on the agenda of talks in Moscow between the French and Russian presidents which lasted two hours over schedule.

French photographer dies after Syria shelling

Olivier Voisin, who was seriously wounded in Syria last week, has died of his wounds after surgery in Turkey, the foreign ministry has confirmed.

France warns of Islamist threat in Syria

French foreign minister calls for more aid for mainstream Syrian opposition warning that Islamist militants could take control of the country.