France's miscalculations and impotence over Syria crisis

Syrian government forces walk on a heavily damaged street in the regime-controlled side of the northern city of Aleppo on November 9, 2015France has been one of the strongest voices pushing for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but the past four years have seen its strategy fail and its diplomatic weakness exposed. “At its heart, it’s a story of missed opportunities,” said a government source, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We knew from the start what would happen in Syria — the refugees, the attacks — and we took the right stance, but we lost,” he said.

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