PARIS -- French President
"The military threat has to be maintained to bring [Syrian President
Hollande has been President
"We threatened force," Hollande said in the interview Sunday, "not just us but the United States and the United Kingdom. If we hadn't, Assad would have continued to threaten his own population."
British Prime Minister
Hollande called the
"Until now, it was the United States and France who envisaged [air] strikes to change something, and to persuade the Russians," he said. "The pressure we exercised has played a part. The next step is to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis."
Responding to allegations that France had become America's puppet, Hollande said: "What crime is there to be with President Obama on this essential question that affects our own security? France considers that what has been agreed between Russians and Americans is an important step."
Hollande said he would meet with U.S. Secretary of State
He insisted that what "France wants, what the world wants, is a diplomatic solution."