France urges Syria transition without Assad
Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad has been in power since 2000

France called Friday for a political transition in Syria that would not include President Bashar al-Assad, after a series of shifting positions on resolving the six-year-old conflict. "We cannot build peace with Assad," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on France's RTL radio. "He cannot be the solution," said Le Drian, who was defence minister in…