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France Wants To Be A Player In 'New Middle East'

After taking the lead in efforts to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power in Libya, France appears set on playing a bigger role on the international stage. President Nicolas Sarkozy is pressing for the U.N. Security Council to act against Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has brutally cracked down on his people. France will also try to extend its influence on the Middle East peace process.