– Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister
"We have been informed that children are being used as human shields by the regime, placed in front of tanks, tortured, raped and assassinated.
"Every day dozens and dozens of Syrians are dying at the hands of Bashar al-Assad's regime.
"We have therefore decided to strengthen our efforts to stop this regime of death and blood."
The French Foreign Minister has said Syria is in a state of civil war. His Russian counterpart has accused the US of supplying arms to Syrian rebels, after Hillary Clinton said Russia had been arming the Assad regime.