France Backs off Support for Syrian Strike
by Richard Sisk
Sep 07, 2013
France backed away Friday from joining the U.S. in swift military action against Syria, isolating President Obama even more as he threatens limited strikes on the Damascus regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
France had been the only nation to agree to the joint use of force with the U.S. against Syria, but French President Francois Hollande said he is now waiting for a report from United Nations weapons inspectors on whether chemical weapons were used in the Aug. 21 rocket attacks on the Damascus suburbs.
“We shall await the report of the inspectors just as we will await [the U.S.] Congress,” Hollande said at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was attending an economic summit with Obama and other world leaders.