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France’s Fabius Says Syria Defections Show Regime Is Condemned

August 06, 2012

The defection of Syria’s former Prime Minister Riad Hijab underscores the weakening of the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the country’s ruling “clan,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement.

France is convinced that al-Assad’s regime is condemned, Fabius said today. France will maintain pressure on the “criminal” regime to yield power to a “democratic and pluralistic” Syria, he said.

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