Even if it was off the record, you know it’s not going well for the incumbent when he starts contemplating life after the presidency. François Picard’s panel looks at why Nicolas Sarkozy finds himself 20 percentage points down in the polls.
Syrian security forces on Friday stepped up their crackdown on protesters, with activists reporting 120 deaths in two days of unrest, as Western and Arab nations unveiled a draft UN resolution in New York condemning the Syrian regime.
Foreign journalists have been mostly unable to work in Syria since the uprising began last March and a harsh government crackdown ensued. Two undercover FRANCE 24 reporters provide an exclusive report of conditions on the ground.
Thousands of Syrian troops are streaming back into the Damascus suburb of Douma, activists said Thursday, just days after withdrawing due to intense clashes with rebels. The mostly plain-clothed troops met with no resistance.
The United Nations has stopped updating the death toll from Syria's crackdown, citing difficulties in ascertaining reliable figures, its human rights chief said Wednesday. The UN's last toll, in December, was more than 5,000 dead.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Moscow remained opposed to sanctions against Syria, calling instead for negotiations. He criticised the west for seeking the UN "post facto" approval for their "unilateral" actions on Syria.
The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said on Tuesday that it would withdraw its monitors from the Arab League mission in Syria, following the lead of Saudi Arabia, saying it was "certain the bloodshed would continue".
A Syrian official on Monday said the government had rejected an Arab League plan for President Bashar al-Assad to transfer power to his vice president, describing the plan as a "flagrant interference."
Arab League foreign ministers decided Sunday to extend the bloc’s much-criticised observer mission in Syria by one month and increase its resources. The announcement came as another 12 people were reported killed around the country.