France protecting Syrian opposition after 'threats'
France's interior minister said on Friday that authorities are providing protection to Syrian opposition members based in the country after they came under threat.
The minister, Claude Gueant, would not provide details of the security measures or the nature of the threats, but he said the measures affect members of the Syrian National Council (SNC).
"A certain number of threats have appeared concerning Syrian citizens, notably opposition figures, living in our country. Of course measures have been taken to ensure the protection of these Syrian citizens," Gueant said.
"We must protect all of those who are likely to be threatened," he said, especially those "who are called upon to play a role in Syria's democratic renewal," he told journalists.
"We know that the Syrian state is violent and does not hesitate to resort to threats," Gueant said.
The SNC's leader, Burhan Ghaliun, is based in Paris along with many leading members of the Syrian opposition.
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