France is the first European power to officially recognise the new Syrian opposition coalition that came together after a four-day meeting in Qatar.
French President Francois Hollande was unequivocal when stating his position on the recently-formed group.
“I announce here that France recognises the Syrian National Coalition as the only representative of the Syrian people and the future provisional government of a democratic Syria as we wait for the regime of Bashar al-Assad to be gone,” he said.
Having broken the record in becoming the country’s most unpopular leader in office after six months, Hollande also attempted to answer his critics.
During his first press conference since becoming president, he said: “My mission is a simple one: it is to recover growth and reduce unemployment. And it’s on those results – and only those results – that I seek to be judged.”
The latest polls indicate his popularity has now levelled off, after four months of continually falling.