In the 2012 context, the aim was to pressure the regime into making concessions to the opposition. [...] Maintaining a diplomatic presence in Syria would not have influenced the course of events.
With regard to the embassy closures, let’s avoid repeating banalities: no French decision-maker could have risked leaving French officials at the mercy of a regime of killers and assassins. Let us remember Ambassador Delamare, the soldiers of Dakkar and the researcher Michel Seurat. Furthermore, maintaining a diplomatic presence in Syria would not have influenced the course of events. Should all links between intelligence services have been broken? Not necessarily, but let’s look at the facts: countries such as Spain, which chose to maintain a relationship between their intelligence services and Syria’s, gained nothing from it.