Syrian ambassador to France resigns in protest

PARIS, June 7 Tue Jun 7, 2011 1:45pm EDT

PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) - Syria's ambassador to France resigned on Tuesday in protest at the Syrian government's repression of protests.

Lamia Chakkour announced her resignation on France 24 television. France 24 said she denounced the violence in Syria and said she no longer wanted to represent Damascus in France.

The Syrian embassy confirmed Chakkour had left her post and said she would make no further comment for the time being.

France is pushing for the rapid adoption of a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria over a crackdown on protesters that has killed scores of civilians, even though Russia says it would veto any intervention against Syria. (Reporting by Nick Vinocur and Alexandria Sage; Writing by Catherine Bremer)

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