BEIRUT -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the Syrian regime is committing massacres and he is calling on President Bashar Assad to leave power.
Sarkozy's comments came during a New Year's address at a Navy airbase in Lanveoc-Poulmic, France.
He says the "massacres being committed by the Syrian regime" have aroused disgust around the world. He says Assad should allow Syrians to decide their own future.
Syria has unleashed a military assault to crush a 9-month-old uprising. The United Nations estimates 5,000 people have been killed.