France has joined the push for the European Union to declare the militant group Hezbollah a terrorist organization, switching tack amid frustration with Hezbollah's support for Syria's military.
France's move could prove pivotal, after Germany joined a British effort to name Hezbollah terrorists this week. The U.S. has long pressured Europe add Hezbollah to its terrorist list, which would hamper its operations in Europe.
A diplomat in Paris, who would speak on condition he was not identified, said Thursday Hezbollah's increased activity in Syria was key to France's change of heart.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters Wednesday night in Jordan, after talks about Syria, "We have decided to ask that the military branch of Hezbollah be considered as a terrorist organization."