Michel Square in Paris to protest the French government's decision to prevent Syrians living in France from exercising their right to vote in the upcoming presidential elections. The community members carried Syrian flags, pictures of President al-Assad, and placards rejecting terrorism and supporting President al-Assad. Members of Arab communities and French citizens participated in the gathering as well. The participants denounced the arbitrary and unjust decision of the French government, which violates the Syrian community's rights and the values of liberty continue reading this..
and democracy which France claims to uphold, asserting that voting in the Syrian Embassy in Paris is a constitutional right to external link
all Syrians in France. They affirmed that Syrians alone will decide who will be their leader during the next stage, heedless of all the obstacles some may try to throw in their ways, adding that the French government's decision shows its true face which contradicts the values of the French people, constituting open support for terrorist groups in Syria. Da'ad Khadra, one of the participants who has been living in Paris for a long time, told SANA's reporter that she will give her vote to President Bashar al-Assad. Secretary General of the Syrian Nationalists Union in France, Mustafa Muwaffaq, said that the French government's decision is a French official site
concern, and that the Syrian community will find other ways to vote via Syrian political establishments. Mahmoud al-Sheikh Taha, an expatriated artist and longtime resident in France, said that liberty and democracy are mere illusions in France where there are no human rights, which is something Syrian expatriates have known for a long time.