Hollande Says Turkish Intervention in Syria ‘Carries Risks’

Turkey’s military intervention in Syria “carries risks” because it is aimed at both Islamic State and Kurdish forces that are fighting Islamic State, French President Francois Hollande said.

Speaking to French ambassadors at their annual meeting in Paris, Hollande called for a cease-fire in Aleppo and said France would call for a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria. He said Russia and Iran both had to play a more constructive role to seek a political settlement in Syria.

Hollande said Islamic State is on the retreat in Syria and Iraq, but is “multiplying” in Nigeria, Somalia, and in Asia.