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 […]

Hollande Isolated on Syria While Domestic Opposition Grows Stronger

The French government is now moving to reenter the conversation on military intervention in Syria, after the focus had shifted to the United States and Russia after a bilateral agreement was reached on Syrian chemical weapons. The September 14 agreement represents a unified front from the two governments, whose recent discussions on Syria had been […]

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 […]

Popularity Levels for Hollande and Ayrault Rise

Things may be looking up for French President Francois Hollande. His approval ratings rose 2% to reach 32% on September 3, and those of French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault rose 2% to reach 38%. Results were measured according to a survey conducted by polling company Ifop for September. According to the survey, 67% of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]