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Provisional Syrian Government Gets Boost from France

Assuming the Syrians create one, that is


France will recognize a provisional Syrian government as soon as it has been formed, President François Hollande said on Monday, urging Syria's fractured political opposition to establish one as soon as possible.

Mr. Hollande also said that France, like the United States and Britain, would view any use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad of Syria as a legitimate justification for military intervention, even without a United Nations Security Council resolution.