France draws Syria closer

09/4/2008 | TIME (subscription required)

France is continuing its interest in forging relations with Syria, with French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Damascus following Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's France visit as guest of honor for Bastille Day. Sarkozy's move marks a break with U.S. policy toward Syria as well as with France's previous policy: former French President Jacques Chirac boycotted the Bastille Day festivities because of Syria's participation.

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