Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy demands Bashar al-Assad step down after 'disgusting' massacres

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy demanded on Tuesday that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad step down, accusing him of overseeing sickening "massacres" against his own people.

Mr Sarkozy told an audience of French military personnel that the Syrian people should be allowed "to freely choose their own destiny" after facing what he denounced as a brutal repression that inspires "disgust and revulsion".

Meanwhile, an explosion struck a gas pipeline on Tuesday in central Syria in an attack the government blamed on terrorists, the state-run news agency said. There were no casualties.

The blast happened near the town Rastan in the restive Homs province, SANA reported. Read More