War in Syria: French position

drapeau franceThe actual Syrian armed conflict presents a state of emergency for the whole world, so much that it could trigger a new world war, according to some experts.

That is why France has been involved in the conflict since the beginning of 2011.

French minister of foreign affairs Alain Juppé asked Bachar el-Assad not to « use the force » and invited him to reform his country. A few months later, as the situation grew more unsafe, France had its ambassador to Syria return home.

Then relations between France and Bachar el-Assad became very tense. France’s plan is to push out the Syrian president, because the country sees Bachar el-Assad as the main source of the conflict and, believes that he should stay out of the international coalition. This is the point on which France and Russia don’t agree.

The situation is very complex, especially as France has two enemies : Bachar el-Assad, as we said, and Daesh, who both have allies, in the world and in Syria, with all the rebels fighting there. France wants to fight them, but without consequently giving an advantage to one or the other. To avoid world war, diplomacy has to be clear between all of these forces, which is a knotty affair.

Concerning the fight, like many of its peers, France decided to use only airstrikes, as sending militaries to the Syrian ground would be too dangerous and useless. These strikes are coordinated with those of other allies such as the United States in order to be more effective, but this process is usually lengthy.

To conclude, France is stuck in the forces’ positions, especially with Bachar el-Assad case. The Syrian conflict is complicated and the measures are too slow to be implemented. The finality is, after all, to save innocents and to overcome the terror provoked in that region, and powerful countries, including France, tend to forget this in the midst of political affairs.

by Bastien S.

drapeau franceSince the beginning of the Syrian crisis, France has backed the Syrian people in its fight for a free and democratic Syria. On December, 13th 2012, France acknowledged the National Syrian Coalition as sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Since then, France has been backing the United Nation’s efforts establish a political transition. On March, 2nd 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy, who was President at the time, announced the French Embassy in Syria had been closed, and declared the Syrian ambassador in France persona non grata.

Since the beginning of the crisis, France has mobilized 45 million euros for humanitarian aid.

In 2014, the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, organised elections, and was re-elected. However, France, along with other European countries, called those elections a “joke”, and stated that it didn’t acknowledge Mr Assad as President of Syria. Indeed, elections can’t be legitimate if held in a country in which some regions aren’t under the control of the official State.

Earlier this year, President Hollande announced French air strikes in Syria. However, those strikes don’t aim to overthrow President Assad, but have been launched in an optic of self-defence, in order to destroy Islamic State base camps that are threatening France.

by Marin E.