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Sky News – Boulton and co: Syria and the French intervention

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I told Sky News that although French public opinion is not in favour of military intervention in Syria, the Socialist party backs its leader’s position and the socialists currently have a majority in both parliament and the senate (what’s more the main opposition, UMP is deeply divided, including on this issue).
France has shown itself a strong ally of the Syrian National Council, as the first country to recognise it and has been pushing for greater support to it. It already delivers technical, humanitarian and financial support to the rebels and wants to give them the military edge, without getting too involved.
As the former colonial power, France feels it understands Syria and has strong economic interests which have been hampered by sanctions placed on the Assad regime. After the perceived success of Libya, where France has been guaranteed 3% of future oil production and Mali, which saw a weak President Hollande regain some popularity, a strong intervention in Syria could help boost Hollande’s flailing image and ultimately serve French interests in the region. Hollande is also concerned that not acting against the use of chemical weapons sends the wrong message to others in the region, and risks compromising security.


Written by Myriam Francois

August 30, 2013 at 19:02

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  1. Interesting post. It’s still pretty precarious, you might be interested in this:

    Riley Frost

    August 30, 2013 at 20:23

  2. Thaq,nothing vl happen



    August 30, 2013 at 20:39

  3. Thank God Britian is not going


    August 30, 2013 at 21:02

  4. We have enough of these kind of actions by NWO of the right wing exteremists..Whatever reasons given for their military intervention in Syria as in other previous actions on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc, cannot be justified by the death of the innocent people including children,women & old people. The fact remains that reasons given are all lies because what they really want is nothing else but to serve their self-interest. The reasons are all excuses to justify their crime against humanity. May god punish them accordingly.


    August 31, 2013 at 14:10

  5. it’ll become so easy for USA to destroy Iran after destroy Syria. because they have a dream to control all of oil countries.


    September 3, 2013 at 17:20

  6. the world’s mostly Muslims leader are so necessary to washing them brain with each day morning.


    September 3, 2013 at 17:22

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