France became the first European country to recognize the newly formed Syrian National Coalition as sole representation of the Syrian people on Tuesday, the New York Times reported.
This announcement, given by President François Hollande, raises the possibility of arming the coalition as it works to fight off the opposition, the New York Times reported.
The Financial Times reported the notion of sending weapons to the coalition "will be necessarily looked at again" from both Paris and other cities that recognize the group, Hollande said.
Both Britain and the U.S. have expressed backing of the coalition, but are still cautious about formally recognizing the group, the Financial Times reported.
The New York Times reported that this reluctance is based on an uncertainty of how weapons would be used if they were provided to the coalition.