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France’s Fabius Sees no Ground Intervention in Syria, Monde Says

May 29, 2012

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said nations opposed to Syrian President Bachar el-Assad aren’t planning any military ground operations in the Middle Eastern country, Le Monde reported, citing an interview.

“No state is currently ready to plan a ground operation,” Fabius said, according to the newspaper. “The risk of it spilling over elsewhere in the region, particularly in the Lebanon, is frightening.”

Fabius described Assad as a “murderer” and said France is in favor of an investigation by the International Criminal Court after the massacre of more than 100 people in the Syrian town of Houla last week.

Fabius also said France wants to maintain pressure on Iran to deter it from obtaining nuclear weapons. He said France was not planning military action against Iran, according to Le Monde.

To contact the reporters on this story: Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net


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