French President Francois Hollande expressed harsh criticism of President Barack Obama. In an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur, the French leader said that Washington is afraid to use his power to stop the bloodshed in Syria, but at the same time brings down all its economic power to pursue a European company, writes The Wall Street Journal.
These comments reflect the growing disagreement between France and the United States on the Syrian issue, as well as the growing dissatisfaction of European business against Washington in connection with the situation around Deutsche Bank AG, notes the WSJ.
The US has «too much energy to pick up the money [to penalize European companies], and not strong enough to achieve peace [in Syria],» said Hollande.
As the WSJ notes, a number of politicians in Paris believe that the time has come to strike at the Assad regime, but aware that France can not do without the help of the United States in this matter. At the same time, U.S. President Barack Obama opposes direct intervention in the Syrian conflict.
Moreover, Hollande argues that Washington’s decision not to take action against the Syrian government in 2013 in connection with allegations of use of chemical weapons by Damascus encouraged «military expansion» of Russia in Ukraine and Syria.
«This signal was perceived as a weakness of the international community», — said the French President. «That’s what caused the crisis in Ukraine, the illegal annexation of Crimea and what is now happening in Syria.
Hollande no longer hopes that the US will change its course in Syria while Obama remains in the White house. However, he added that he does not feel abandoned by the President of the United States.
«He [Obama] wanted to stay true to his promise that the US will no longer be involved in military operations outside the country», — said Hollande.