France’s U-turn over Syria

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Few changes in foreign policy have been as visible as the 180 degree U-turn carried out by President François Hollande in the wake of the Paris attacks of November 13th, 2015. Though for months the French head of state and his foreign minister Laurent Fabius have been defending the line “Neither Bashar al-Assad nor Daesh” [editor’s note, the Arabic acronym for Islamic State], it seems very likely that the new French position has become: “Everything against Daesh and we’ll see about Assad later.”

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