Nicolas Sarkozy, France President, Says Syria Regime Of Bashar Assad Is Committing Massacres

01/03/2012 08:22 am ET | Updated Mar 04, 2012

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.

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