Keyword: Syria

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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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.