France Accuses Syrian Regime of Violating Ceasefire

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France on Friday accused the Syrian regime of violating a fragile ceasefire in the five-year war that has devastated the country.

The French foreign ministry also accused President Bashar Assad's regime of trying to undermine efforts by the international community to resolve the conflict.

A spokesman said civilians had been targeted in the aerial bombardment of the Damascus suburbs by regime jets on Thursday, which left dozens dead and injured.

"This attack, which deliberately targeted civilians, shows that the regime is pursuing its actions and violating the ceasefire," spokesman Romain Nadal said.

"This abject act was intended to terrorise the Syrian people and undermine the efforts of the international community to find a political solution," he added.

UN-led talks on a peace deal are due to resume in Geneva soon, but the sides are deadlocked over the fate of Assad, whom the opposition insists must leave power before a transitional government is agreed.

Assad said in an interview Wednesday that any transitional government should include both the regime and opposition, without specifying which opposition groups should take part.

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