The announcement from Hollande,
in a speech to France’s ambassadors, amounts to an attempt to ratchet up
diplomatic pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime amid
escalating bloodshed in the country.
Syria’s opposition remains
badly fragmented, and it is far from clear whether such a provisional
government could be formed anytime soon.
But Hollande’s statement,
believed to be the first of its kind, appeared aimed to give an impetus
to the creation of such a government.