Macron: Assad is the enemy of the Syrian people, but not of France

Emmanuel Macron on a visit to Lebanon, in January 2017.  He  and  Le Pen visited Lebanon during the camapaign
Emmanuel Macron on a visit to Lebanon, in January 2017. He and Le Pen visited Lebanon during the camapaign
President Emmanuel Macron said in remarks published on Wednesday that he saw no legitimate successor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and that France no longer considered his departure a pre-condition to resolving the six-year conflict.

“The new perspective that I have had on this subject is that I have not stated that Bashar al-Assad’s departure is a pre-condition for everything because nobody has shown me a legitimate successor,” Macron said in an interview to eight European newspapers.

He said Assad was an enemy of the Syrian people, but not of France and that Paris’ priority was a total commitment to fighting terrorist groups and ensuring the country did not become a failed state.

His comments are in stark contrast to the previous French administration and echo Moscow’s stance that there was no viable alternative to Assad.

France24/Reuters