Keyword: Syria

UK, France and Australia expel Syrian diplomats after massacre in Houla

French President Francois Hollande told reporters that Ambassador Lamia Shakkour will be notified "today or tomorrow" that she must leave.

West walks a diplomatic tightrope above burning Syria

Une photo du président Bachar el-Assad est brûlée par des manifestants à Istanbul (Turquie). © Reuters Une photo du président Bachar el-Assad est brûlée par des manifestants à Istanbul (Turquie). © Reuters

Not a day passes without an increase in the death toll of the now 14-month old uprising in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad, despite a United Nations-backed ceasefire negotiated by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan more than a month ago. In this interview with Mediapart’s Caroline Donati, Robert Malley, a former special advisor on the Middle East to US President Bill Clinton, and now Programme Director for Middle East-North Africa affairs with the International Crisis Group, analyses the options for the international community, and the US in particular, in bringing an end to the bloody repression by the Assad regime, which the UN says has now claimed the lives of at least 9,000 people.

France Raises UN Military Action in Syria

France has raised the prospect of military intervention in Syria, saying the UN should consider harsher measures if an international peace plan fails.


France rejects Syrian rebels' weapons plea

France has rejected a weapons request by the Syrian rebel forces, saying that arming the Syrian opposition could lead to a catastrophic civil war.

French military officers 'captured by Syrian forces'

Thirteen French officers have been captured by Syrian forces and are being held in Homs, according to the Lebanon-based Daily Star newspaper.

France closes embassy in Syria

France announces closure of its embassy in Syria, a day after two French journalists escaped from the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Wounded French journalist and colleague arrive home from Syria

Two French journalists who were smuggled out of Syria after being trapped for nine days in the war-torn country's town have arrived back in France.

Wounded French journalist Edith Bouvier and colleague William Daniels reach safety in Lebanon

French journalists Edith Bouvier and William Daniels have managed to get out of Syria and are now safely in Lebanon, confirms President Sarkozy.

Who killed France 2 journalist Gilles Jacquier in Homs?

Michael Weiss, a foreign policy think tank director, reviews accounts of events surrounding the death in Syria of French journalist Gilles Jacquier.

France steps up protection of exiled Syrian opposition members

France moves to protect opponents of the Syrian government after threats against the main Syrian National Council, whose leader is based in Paris.

France,Turkey demand more pressure against Syria regime

France has joined Turkey in calling for greater international pressure on Syria to stop its bloody repression of popular protests against Assad regime.

France warns Syria not to intimidate activists

France has warned Syria it will not tolerate harassment by its agents in Paris against opponents protesting against President Bashar al-Assad.

France fails to twist China's arm on Syria

French Foreign Minister said little headway made in asking Beijing to back UN resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

France's secret diplomacy with Syria, and the arms dealer who played emissary

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M. Sarkozy et Assad © Reuters M. Sarkozy et Assad © Reuters

In a series of exclusive reports that began in July, Mediapart has revealed the longstanding close links between France-based businessman and arms dealer Ziad Takieddine and the inner circle of advisors and aides surrounding Nicolas Sarkozy, before and after he became French president. Here, Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske reveal Takieddine's highly sensitive role as secret emissary for the French presidency in securing close diplomatic and commercial ties with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.