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‘Syria: Europeans abandon Hollande’

Published on 6 September 2013 at 08:51

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“The European Union, which is a full member of the G20, has abandoned France in the middle of nowhere, leaving François Hollande more isolated than ever,” remarks Le Figaro in the wake of the opening of the G20, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg.

Speaking on behalf of the EU on September 5, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Commission President José Manuel Barroso both rejected the use of force in Syria, and called for a diplomatic solution within the framework of the United Nations: a position already supported by Germany.

In its editorial, the French daily argues that —

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… with French and British diplomats having overstepped the mark on the issue of Syria, the European Union is now more aligned with Vladimir Putin than it is with Barack Obama.

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