France’s Absentation From Aleppo Battle Is Defeat for Paris, Europe - Macron

© REUTERS / Maxim ShemetovFrench Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting with the media after a session of the Russian-French Council for economic, financial, industrial and trade issues in Moscow, Russia, January 25, 2016
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting with the media after a session of the Russian-French Council for economic, financial, industrial and trade issues in Moscow, Russia, January 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron described as a defeat France’s lack of influence over events in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, in a televised interview on Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Syria’s once economic capital Aleppo has been ravaged by years of fighting between various Islamist factions and government forces. Troops loyal to President Bashar Assad reclaimed the northern city last December.

"What happened in Aleppo was obviously a serious defeat for France and Europe," Macron told a French television channel, France 2.

"The fact that the Syrian crisis is being handled mostly by Russia and Iran is unacceptable. I want France to reclaim its diplomatic leadership in order to be able to look for a political solution to the Syrian crisis," he added.

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