Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 04/18 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 04/17 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 04/16 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
France

Fabius rules out working with Syrian army under Assad

media French foreign minister Laurent Fabius says no to working with the Syrian army under Basher al-Assad. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius has dismissed the possibility of working with the Syrian army to fight the Islamic State armed group until President Bashar al-Assad was in power.

"If we achieve a political transition and it's no longer Bashar in charge of the Syrian army, there could be joint actions against terrorism. But under Bashar it's not possible," Fabius told France Inter radio at the COP21 summit on Monday.

"It is obvious that it's not under the leadership of Mr Assad that the army could be engaged alongside the moderate opposition," he said.

France has long insisted on Assad’s removal. But there had been signs it might moderate its position towards Assad as its priority shifted to tackling the Islamic State armed group which carried out attacks in Paris on November 13.

Fabius fuelled the rumours, by telling France's RTL radio last week that “regime forces” could potentially join the fight against IS armed group. His comments made headlines around the world, even after Fabius said he was merely referring to a post-Assad regime.

Germany backed Fabius's calls over the weekend, with Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen saying she was open to working with "part of the troops in Syria".

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.