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Majority of French oppose military intervention in Syria

Last Updated: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 18:51

Paris: Nearly two-thirds of the French people do not want France to participate in a military operation in Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack that left hundreds of civilians dead, a poll showed Saturday.

According to a survey conducted by BVA, a French marketing and opinion research company, 64 percent of respondents oppose military action in Syria, with 58 percent of them expressing doubts about French President Francois Hollande`s ability to conduct an intervention, reports Xinhua.

In an interview with a local daily Le Monde, Hollande stood firm to launch a "punitive" strike on the Syrian regime despite Britain`s pullback after the government lost a crucial vote on it in parliament.

He also affirmed that he would not take action without proof and confirming reports on the alleged chemical attack, expected after the UN experts` findings in their investigations.

However, a possible intervention in Syria could be launched before the parliament emergency session set for Wednesday.

"If I engage France, the government will inform (the parliament) about the objectives and means deployed," the president had said.


First Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 18:50
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