France: Syria war at 'turning point,' mulls arming rebels

June 11, 2013 18:27

PARIS - France said on Tuesday the conflict in Syria had reached a "turning point" after the fall of the city of Qusair to President Bashar Assad's forces, raising the question of whether to arm Syrian rebels.

The battlefield tilted against the rebels in Syria's civil war last week as Lebanese Hezbollah militants helped Assad's forces to retake the strategic town.

The weakening of Syria's rebels after Qusair and other losses made it more difficult to bring them to the negotiating table with representatives from Assad's government, said France's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Philippe Lalliot.

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