François Hollande Backs Allegations of Toxic Chemical Use in Syria

Paris. – The U.S. is investigating allegations that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used against rebels in Syria earlier this month. The claims gained traction when the French government said it had “information” of toxic gases being used against opposition targets. The U.S. State Department is examining if the Syrian government was responsible. This […]

G-20 Leaders Proved Divided on Syria, United in Efforts to Curtail Tax Evasion

Leaders from around the world gathered in St. Petersburg this past week for the 2013 Group of 20 (G-20) Summit. The largest debate of the two-day meeting centered around the use of military force in Syria, discussed as a means to deter Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons. The international attitude towards the issue […]

Debate Over Syrian Intervention Rages On

The international community is waiting to see whether the French government will indeed enact punitive measures against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime. France released intelligence on Monday pointing to chemical weapon usage in Syria, corroborating similar findings by the United States. In response, Assad has warned that any attack on his nation would inevitably add […]

Western Governments Consider Syrian Intervention in Wake of Gas Attacks

While Western nations have been reluctant to commit military forces as the Syrian conflict continues to escalate, recent conversations indicate a potential move towards intervention. Latest calls for a military response come in the wake of alleged chemical attacks in rebel territory within an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus. Doctors Without Borders and […]

France Calls for Action in Syria after Reports of Devastating Chemical Attack

With reports from Syria of a devastating chemical attack making headlines around the world, the French government has sent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the sternest warnings yet. Now, the question is if those warnings will translate into military action. If Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ recent statements represent the general mood of President François Hollande’s administration, […]

EU Considers Lifting Syrian Oil, Arms Embargoes

On Monday, April 22, European Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Luxembourg to revise their decisions pertaining to the embargo on Syrian petroleum products. The goal of these revisions is to aid the civilian population, which has been greatly impacted by civil war in a country wrought with violence. According to a text released from […]

France Recognizes the Syrian Opposition Coalition

The announcement arrived on Tuesday November 13 that France recognizes the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition named the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.  In press conference at the Elysée French President Francois Hollande said his government recognizes the coalition “as the sole representative of the Syrian people and thus as the future […]

On His Way to Asia, Hollande Makes Two Stops in the Middle East

French President François Hollande visited Beirut, Lebanon and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on his way to an Asia-Europe summit in Laos in light of last week’s eurozone economic crisis.  His decision to stop in Beirut came last minute when Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated by a bombing, an intelligence chief of police who was awarded just last […]

France Takes Stance on Syrian Conflict

On Wednesday August 8th, former President Nicolas Sarkozy and the President of the Syrian National Council, M. Abdel Basset Sieda, expressed themselves on the current Syrian crisis. Criticized by the left, applauded by the UMP, this declaration has at least taken credit for sparking a reaction from François Hollande. Following the declaration of Gérard Araud, […]