Latest France–Syria relations Stories

2008-09-06 09:00:15

Text of report by state-run Syrian news agency SANA website ["Signing of Seven Agreements and Protocols for Cooperation Between Syria and France" - SANA headline] Damascus (SANA) - Syria and France yesterday evening signed seven agreements, memorandums of understanding, and protocols for cooperation in the fields of oil, gas, electricity, and railways. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the General Establishment for Electrical Power Generation and the company (MAN Diesel...

2008-08-14 12:00:23

Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel Television in Arabic was observed at 0504 gmt on 14 August to report on Lebanese President Michel Sulayman's visit to Syria "his first since assuming the presidency, and the first by a Lebanese president since the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon in 2005." The channel carries a three-minute video report by its Damascus bureau chief, Abd-al-Hamid Tawfiq, who starts by saying: "In the first round of their first summit in Damascus, Presidents Al-Asad...

2008-07-12 15:00:02

Text of report in English by Syrian News Agency SANA website ["Presidents Al-Asad, Sarkozy Agree on Work Plan to Boost Up Political, Economic" - SANA headline] Paris: President Bashar al-Asad and French President Nicolas Sarkozy ended summit talks at the Elysee palace in Paris Saturday evening by discussing a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest for Syria and France, a joint press statement said. It added that in light of positive regional...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'