France enjoys a privileged partnership with one of Iran’s main competitors, namely Qatar. Under Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency, Emir Hamad Ben Khalifa al-Thani was the first Arab State leader to be received at the Elysées Palace in 2007. It is now François Hollande who continues this special relationship. Since his election, Qatar is the country which was received the most at the Elysées with a visit of the Emir on August 22 and two more discreet visits of Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasem al-Thani.
A poll in France revealed that most French people do not want their country to take part in military action on Syria, and most do not trust the president, François Hollande to do so.
The poll was published by Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France on Saturday, showed 64% of respondents opposed military action, 58% did not trust Hollande to conduct it and 35% feared it could “set the entire region ablaze”.
Who’s who in Syria’s battlefield
““Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force…””
“they noted…that the only important non-Islamist group was in the Kurdish areas…”
“The moderates are losing ground.”
[Nusra Front] “the biggest and best armed of the rebel groups”
“there are many outsiders who impose their agenda by bringing jihadist fighters in, so it’s difficult for the Free Army to control them.”
The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist