France eyes Middle East influence, image with Syria gamble




 
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France eyes Middle East influence, image with Syria gamble
 
November 20th, 2012  
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France eyes Middle East influence, image with Syria gamble
PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande's decision to recognize Syria's new opposition bloc aims to secure long-term French interests in the region and boost his foreign policy image but, with few allies following suit, Paris may risk isolation. With his economic policies under harsh scrutiny at home and abroad, Hollande's hesitant response to the Syria conflict before last week had been unflatteringly compared to the decisive approach of predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy when he led Western efforts to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. ...




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