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French PM slams MPs for meeting with Syrian ‘butcher’ Assad

French PM slams MPs for meeting with Syrian  ‘butcher’ Assad
France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday said that he “condemned with the greatest strength” a decision by three French lawmakers to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom he described as “a butcher”. “I want to condemn this initiative with the greatest strength,” Valls told TV station BFMTV.

“For parliamentarians to go without warning to meet a butcher.... I think it was a moral failing.” A cross-party group of four French lawmakers made an unofficial trip to the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday and held talks with senior ministers. Three of the MPs -- not including one from the ruling Socialist party -- met with the Syrian leader.

“We met Bashar al-Assad for a good hour. It went very well,” Jacques Myard, an MP from the opposition UMP party, told AFP.


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