In bold move, France welcomes Syria ambassador - Article Photos 1/8

French President Francois Hollande, left, welcomes head of the new Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces Mouaz al-Khatib, prior to a meeting, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. France has taken a leading role among Western countries in supporting Syria's rebels. On Tuesday, it became the first Western nation to formally recognize Syria's newly formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)