French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has raised the prospect of sending "defensive weapons" to Syria's rebels.
Fabius said Thursday his country will ask the European Union to consider lifting the arms embargo regarding Syria.
He said, "We must not militarize the conflict" in Syria, "but it's obviously unacceptable that there are liberated zones and they're bombed" by the regime of Bashar Assad.
In an interview with RTL radio, the minister said "the question of defensive arms will be raised," without providing details about what such arms would be.
"We must find the right balance," he said.
France quickly recognized a new opposition coalition formed Sunday as the Syrian people's sole representative — the first Western nation to do so.
By becoming the first Western power to officially recognise the Syrian opposition coalition, France has put itself at the head of efforts to break the deadlock in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.
On Tuesday, President François Hollande said the coalition was the “sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people” and heralded it as “the provisional government of the future democratic Syria”, thereby seizing the initiative ahead of its more cautious neighbours in the West.
A day after Hollande’s declaration, US President Barack Obama was less enthusiastic about Syria’s new opposition, declaring he was not ready to recognize it as “a government in exile”.
Obama offered a more watered down version of Hollande’s words, saying the coalition was “a legitimate representation of the aspirations of the Syrian people”.