France doubts Assad will change: Juppe

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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe expressed doubts Monday that Syria's president will change, saying he reached a "point of no return" by brutally repressing protesters.

"Some believe that there's still time for him to change his ways and commit to a (reform) process," Juppe said after Bashar al-Assad suggested in a televised speech that dialogue could lead to a new constitution.

"For my part, I doubt it. I think that the point of no return has been reached," he told reporters after a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

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