GAO, Mali, April 7 France does not want an
escalation of the Syrian conflict following the U.S. missile
strikes and Russia should now join talks to bring about a
negotiated solution to the conflict, French Foreign Minister
Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Friday.
Speaking in Mali, alongside German Foreign Minister Sigmar
Gabriel, Ayrault said: "We do not want an escalation. We have to
stop the hypocrisy. If Russia is acting in good faith it should
stop and negotiate.
"We do not wish to raise the stakes, but to find a solution.
You can not deal with reality (use of chemical weapons) by
resorting to propaganda," he said.
(Reporting by John Irish; Writing By Richard Balmforth)