French government believes assassination of General Muhammad Suleiman was an inside job that occurred in 'classic mafia fashion', believes President Assad directly behind the killing.
In their report of a June 2009 meeting between the French president and the Israeli premier - who claim to be friends - French officials said Sarkozy tried to avoid a tete-a-tete with his guest.
In December 2007, the US Embassy in France confronts opposition to genetically-modified crops in Europe. The intervention was prompted by a ban on GM corn produced by the agricultural company Monsanto. The cable, sent to Washington and US missions in Europe in the name of Ambassador Craig Stapleton is blunt: "In our view, Europe is moving backwards not forwards on this issue with France playing a leading role, along with Austria, Italy and even the Commission....Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voices."