The French president's ability to grab headlines with tough talk hasn't helped him earn any foreign policy dividends. Even his allies have begun to find his speeches flat.
Emmanual Macron doubles down and pressures newspapers abroad, and Muslims at home, to buy into his narrative of secularism.
Paris has not only violated the UN's arms embargo, but has made desperate attempts to normalise Khalifa Haftar's aggression.
The stand taken by the far-right parliamentarian during a school trip to the regional council drew criticism and condemnation from rights groups.
But Syria's UN ambassador refuted regime media reports that chemical inspectors had entered Douma, saying that UN security experts were preparing the way for the OPCW inspectors to look into alleged attack.
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