France support for Kurdish-led Syrian rebels in fight against IS: French presidential

Vastavam web: France stands behind its support for Kurdish-led Syrian rebels in their fight against Islamic State, a French presidential source said on Friday, a stance that drew a furious response from Turkey.France shared the United States’ view that Turkey’s military offensive agains the northern Syrian town of Manbij, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, was unacceptable, the official said.“On the military front, France will continue its fight against Daesch (Islamic State) with the SDF,” said the Elysee source, adding that Paris was seeing an Islamic State resurgence in the northeast of Syria.

“France does not foresee any new military operation on the ground in northern Syria outside of the international coalition’s fight against Islamic State,” the Elysee source added.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he was saddened by France’s “completely wrong” approach to Syria. Erdogan’s spokesman separately said Turkey expected its allies to take a clear stance against terrorism instead of steps that amount to legitimising “terror structures”.