French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says Syrian President Bashar Assad has "lost his legitimacy to rule the country."
Juppe on Monday also outlined his country's strategy to win a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Syria despite Russia's opposition.
He acknowledged that Russia was likely to veto the resolution that would denounce Syria for torturing and killing peaceful protesters. Juppe told an audience at the Brookings Institution, however, that France believes that strong support in the 15-member security council might persuade Russia.
He said that perhaps they will see that there are 11 votes in favor of the resolution, and they will change their mind.
Juppe said he had discussed Libya with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.