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France Summons Syrian Ambassador to Protest Violent Crackdown

The French Foreign Ministry said it summoned Syria’s ambassador to protest her country’s increasingly violent suppression of anti-government protests.

Foreign Ministry Chief of Staff Herve Ladsous told Lamia Chakkour of France’s “firm condemnation of the rising repression against the population by Syrian authorities,” the ministry said in a statement. “We recalled to Mrs. Chakkour that the Syrian authorities must respond to their people’s legitimate aspirations by reforms, not force.”

The summoning of the ambassador was coordinated with Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy, the statement said.

The foreign ministry didn’t respond to an e-mailed question about what sanctions France could favor against the Syrian regime.

The UN Security Council yesterday failed to agree on a European proposal to condemn the Syrian attacks. The debate is due to resume today.

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