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 […]

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 […]

Hollande Calls for Action in Syria and Mali in First U.N. Appearance

Making his first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly this week, French President François Hollande urged the international community to intervene in rapidly deteriorating situations in both Syria and northern Mali. Mr. Hollande, who was elected in May, reaffirmed his previous promise to recognize an interim government of Syrian opposition leaders as soon as […]

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, […]

Hollande Honors Fallen Soldier at Alpine Military Base

Saturday morning, President François Hollande visited the Varces military base at the foot of the Alps to speak at the military funeral of a soldier killed in Afghanistan last Monday, August 6. Major Franck Bouzet, who died during an operation in the Kapisa province of Afghanistan, was the 88th French soldier to lose his life […]

Sarkozy Re-Enters Politics, Calling for International Intervention in Syria

Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France, re-emerged on the political scene today. News agencies are reporting that the former President had an in-depth phone conversation with Abdel Basset Sayda, the President of the Syrian National Council.  According to France Info, who reported on the call first, the two men talked about “the gravity of the […]