July 14, 2012 / 12:18 PM / 6 years ago

France's Hollande: still time to avoid Syrian civil war

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday there was still time to find a political solution to avoid a civil war in Syria, but urged Russia to stop blocking efforts for a resolution at the United Nations Security Council.

“I told (Russian President) Vladimir Putin that the worst thing that could happen is a civil war in Syria so let’s work together to find a political solution to avoid civil war. There is still time,” Hollande said during an interview marking France’s national day.

Reporting By John Irish and Daniel Flynn

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