Do the French really feel this way? From French Military Against Assad’s Presence at Bastille Day Parade:
The French government has banned a demonstration by French veterans meant in part to protest against the presence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an honored guest at the July 14 Bastille Day military parade, French media reported on Friday. French veterans blame Syria for the deaths of 58 French members of a UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon in 1983. The FNAME veterans group has called on soldiers marching in Monday’s parade to wear black armbands to protest Assad’s presence. Former French President Jacques Chirac has previously said he would not be at the July 14 ceremonies because of Assad’s participation. Chirac blames Assad for the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, for which Syrian intelligence services have been implicated.