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Libération - France | Monday, September 16, 2013

Hollande doesn't convince sceptics

In a televised interview aired on Sunday evening, French President François Hollande spoke out on the developments in Syria and the economic situation in France. The left-liberal daily Libération says Hollande didn't cut the mustard on the home front: "The method was clear. First to show that France was right to envisage - with Washington - military strikes against the regime in Damascus, in answer to Bashar al-Assad's abominable use of chemical weapons. And then to assure listeners that without this mutual resolve, a plan for dismantling Syria's chemical weapons would never have seen the light of day. Nevertheless his heavy-handed pedagogical tone stripped his arguments of some of their force. But as convincing as he was on foreign policy, Hollande lacked the momentum to set the course for economic revival or reassure those who remain sceptical."

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