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Debate: Has French policy on Syria backfired?


On Wednesday, masked gunmen stormed the Paris headquarters of the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, gunning down a dozen people, including eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor.

Commenting on the violent attacks, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations has said that the Western support for terrorism in Syria has backfired on France.

“We have repeatedly said and warned the French government about working with the terrorists, about manipulating the terrorists. And we told them ‘one day it will return to you’,” said Bashar al-Ja’afari on Friday.

In this edition of the Debate, we ask: was this backlash for France’s, at least, complicit support for armed groups in Syria and Iraq? And, will French foreign policy finally change?

Press TV’s guests, Hafsa Kara-Mustapha, who is a journalist and Middle East analyst from London, and Michael Lane, president at American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington will comment on the issue.

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