Syria: to Ban or Not to Ban?

On Friday, March 15, France joined Britain in calling to lift the arms embargo on Syria. Two years into the Syrian civil war, European delegates fear that lifting the ban could help escalate the tumultuous situation on the ground. France explained their denunciation of the ban, explaining that France “cannot allow a people to be […]

Olivier Voisin: Renowned French Photographer Dies after Sustaining Injuries in Syria

French photograph Olivier Voisin, well known for his freelance work in war zones in Palestine, Libya, and Syria, succumbed to his injuries Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Turkey.  Voisin had sustained serious wounds to both his arms and head in a shelling attack by the Katiba, an opposition group, close to Idlib in the north […]

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 […]

Hollande Holds First Press Conference Since Election

PARIS – On November 13, President François Hollande held his first press conference since his election at Palais de L’Elysee. For almost two and a half hours, he relentlessly justified his actions in the last six months. Despite the fact that critics are multiplying, Hollande continues to deny any shift in policy. On the international […]