France gives 1.2 mn euros aid to Syria opposition

France has allocated 1.2 million euros ($1.5 million) in emergency aid to the newly formed opposition Syrian National Coalition, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.

"The humanitarian situation in Syria is deteriorating. It is imperative that the international community act," Fabius said in a statement.

"France, which was first to recognise the Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people, now wants to help it come to the aid of its countrymen in distress."

UNDERSTANDING THE SYRIA CONFLICT