French president wants further sanctions on Syria

July 14, 2011 13:54


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PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday he wanted further sanctions against the Syrian government after it continued to crack down on protestors.

Syrian forces killed two people on Thursday when they fired at a pro-democracy protest in the provincial capital of Deir al-Zor, residents said.

"The attitude of the Syrian president is unacceptable ... we must strengthen sanctions against the regime which is applying the most brutal methods against its population," Sarkozy said in a television interview.

Paris has led efforts to pass a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-reform protests, saying President Bashar Assad has lost his legitimacy.

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