Costs of a Syrian military intervention: French media review
By: Sara Tarek

French media continues its consideration of the political and human costs of a Syrian military intervention.

“France TV info” said that the campaign asked for by presidents Francois Holland and Barack Obama would have a large impact on both countries’ finances, noting that French involvement in the Libyan conflicts of 2011 cost approximately €300m over seven months.

In Le Figaro newspaper, Vincent Daniel said that Europe “needed a strong international response” against the alleged chemical attack of 21 August, as France was awaiting a final report from the UN inspectors.

He noted that eyes are turned towards the U.S. Congress, which is scheduled to open on Monday, September 9 with debates on armed action. Daniel added that if even Holland and Obama appeared less isolated on the international stage, they would still struggle to convince their publics.

Le Figaro also published an article called “From Mali to Syria: dynamism and enthusiasm by the Ministry of Defense and French army,” examining the case of Mali versus Syria; although the intervention against Islamist groups in Mali raised reservations, and even at the beginning, the Quai d’Orsay “shrugged off concerns.”

According to a recent poll published by Le Figaro, 65% of the French public were opposed “to an international military intervention in Syria.”

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