France is offering renewed support to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic extremists — but is not preparing to send troops to help the rebels resist a Turkish military offensive.
French President Emmanuel Macron met Thursday with Syrian opposition forces in Paris. Afterward, a Kurdish leader at the meeting claimed that Macron had promised to send troops to Manbij near Syria’s border with Turkey.
The Kurdish-Arab town is under threat of a Turkish military operation that has already complicated the war in Syria. The Kurdish claim deeply angered Turkey — and raised fears that France was ready for a military conflict with Turkey, a fellow NATO member.
An official in Macron’s office denied any such plans, saying Friday that Macron only promised the Syrian rebels to “continue this fight together” against Islamic State extremists in the area.