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French president says Syria's Assad has to go


France's president says the only way to end the violence in Syria is for its president, Bashar Assad, to go.

Francois Hollande said Friday that pressure and sanctions would bring about the departure of Assad's regime and lead to a peaceful resolution.

He added that he recognized that there was a risk of civil war in the country.

International pressure is mounting on Syria, including condemnation Friday from the United Nation's top human rights body for the massacre last week of more than 100 civilians, apparently at the hands of government troops and pro-regime thugs.

Hollande was speaking after a meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, which has been shielding Syria from U.N. sanctions.

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