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    France Threatens Force in Syria

    France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, left, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the start of an ìad hocî meeting on Syria, at the Quai díOrsay foreign ministry in Paris, on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

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    The conditions in Syria continue to devolve as at least 100 people were killed across the country Wednesday, despite a United Nations-ordered ceasefire. The fresh violence prompted Alain Juppé, France’s foreign minister, to demand the U.N. Security Council consider military action if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime doesn’t stop attacking its citizens. Juppé also said that U.N. monitors must be in place in two weeks instead of three months. If the situation isn’t resolved by May 5, France will take further action, but he didn’t say what such action would look like.

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