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French leader to address Syria in major speech

French leader to address Syria in major speech

President Francois Hollande will present his foreign policy goals to France's ambassadors, with the Syrian crisis and terrorism in Africa's Sahel region on the agenda.
Hollande, who was elected in May, gets his first chance to outline his diplomatic vision in the president's annual speech to about 200 ambassadors.
A Hollande aide, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to give details of the president's speech before it was delivered, said Monday's address is likely to refer to Syria, the Sahel and EU integration among other things.
As for Syria, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said France would only intervene in the context of an international mandate. But he told RTL radio last week that talk of creating a "no-fly zone" will increase if the fighting continues.