Since the start of the crisis in Syria, France has supported the Syrian people in its struggle for a free, democratic, united and stable Syria that respects all its citizens and guarantees the freedoms and rights of minorities. On 13 November 2012, France recognised the Syrian National Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. France supports the efforts of the United Nations and of joint Special Envoy Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi to broker a political transition.
In the light of the violence prevailing in Syria, the French President announced on 2 March 2012 that France would be closing its Embassy in Damascus. The closure took effect on 6 March and Ambassador Eric Chevallier left Syria the same day. On 29 May 2012, as part of a joint initiative on the part of several Western countries, France declared the Syrian Ambassador Ms. Lamia Chakkour and other Syrian diplomats personae non gratae. Mr. Monzer Makhous was appointed Ambassador of the Syrian National Coalition in France.
French aid to Syria in 2012 amounted to €13 million. These sums were channelled through international agencies and NGOs, local associations and coordination committees, Civilian Revolutionary Councils and the Syrian National Coalition Aid Coordination Unit, and also directly to neighbouring States to provide aid to Syrian refugees. In 2013, France’s aid will be allocated in part to United Nations agencies and international NGOs, and in part to the Aid Coordination Unit, via a number of different mechanisms.
updated : 07.03.13