French President Francoise Hollande on Monday called on the Syrian opposition to form a provisional government, arguing that it could hasten the demise of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime. Hollande's proposal, which promises official French recognition of a future opposition government, is the first of its kind among the rebels' international allies. Analysts say it could galvanize a badly divided opposition, which has been battling Assad for about 18 months, while underscoring France's frustration with China and Russia for blocking international efforts to oust Assad. However, Hollande could also isolate France from the U.S. and Britain, neither of which has gone as far in supporting the opposition.
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