French President Hollande Under Fire for ‘Colonialist’ Remarks

President's attitude constitutes a gross interference in Syria’s internal affairs while stressing France’s continued involvement and complicity in the Syrian bloodshed, says Syrian foreign ministry source

Syria lashed out at French President Francois Hollande over statements he made regarding the current situation in Syria, strongly condemning his “gross interference” in the country’s internal affairs.

An official source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry said Hollande’s attitude, which he expressed at the French Ambassadors Conference held in Paris, as constituting a “gross interference in Syria’s internal affairs and stresses France’s continued involvement and complicity in the Syrian bloodshed.”

The source criticized Hollande, referring to the statesman as the least popular French president among all his predecessors, one “that failure clings to all of his policies”.

“[Hollande] should rather lecture himself and come to conclusions, perhaps he might preserve what remains of France’s reputation in the world,” the source added.

According to the source, the French president’s statements are the product of “a colonialist mentality that allows itself to hijack the peoples’ decisions and control their choices in service of its cheap material interests and is happy to sell its position and values in the oil market.”

The French government should know that “if it would pursue this stance, we would not accept any French role in the political solution,” the source added, stating that the Syrian people are now more committed to maintaining Syria’s sovereignty and independent national decision, and will confront any attempts at interference in their national choices.


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