In Brussels, French President François Hollande was hoping to get support from 27 other heads of state for French military intervention in the Central African Republic. But he didn't walk away with much - apart from half a dozen countries sending modest logistical support, the EU is not providing direct financial aid, and there is still no path towards a common European defence policy.
And in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry signalled that American diplomacy was ready to sit down and talk with the islamists, but they refused. How likely is it that January’s peace conference will bring about true reconciliation?
Paris Bureau Chief, The Daily Beast
Former France 2 TV Senior Correspondent
Ammar ABD RABBO
Journalist, Author of "Au cœur du pouvoir russe, enquête sur l'empire Poutine" (At the heart of Russian power: Investigation into Putin’s empire)