Hollande: France expelling Syrian ambassador

May 29, 2012, Tuesday/ 13:57:00

French President Francois Hollande says Syria's ambassador is being expelled amid continuing violence by Syrian government forces against civilians and opposition members.

Hollande told reporters in Paris on Tuesday that the ambassador would leave "today or tomorrow." He gave no other details.

The Syrian Embassy in Paris could not immediately be reached for comment.

The announcement came amid increasing diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria and put pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad.