Chirac warns of sanctions for Syria

French President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday of possible sanctions against Syria if its president refuses to cooperate with a probe into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The international community "will have move to another stage, which is sanctions" if Syrian President Bashar Assad "persists in not wanting to listen or understand," Chirac said. "It is not conceivable, admissible, acceptable for the international community ... that Syria refuses to cooperate."