France's Foreign Minister: Syria is in civil war

By the Associated Press | June 13, 2012 | 10:17 AM EDT

In this citizen journalism image made and provided by the Kfar Suseh Coordinating of the Syrian Revolution, on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, anti-Syrian regime protesters raise up their hands and wave revolutionary flags during a demonstration at Kfar Suseh area, in Damascus, Syria. Syria has accused the U.S. of "interference" after Washington expressed concern that the regime could carry out more mass killings. Syria's foreign ministry says the remarks by a State Department spokeswoman warning that President Bashar Assad's forces could commit massacres this week in Haffa coincided with stepped-up attacks by rebels in the area. (AP Photo/The Kfar Suseh Coordinating Of The Syrian Revolution )THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS HANDOUT PHOTO

PARIS (AP) — France's new Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says that Syria is in a state of civil war.

Fabius told reporters at a Paris news conference Wednesday that "if you can't call it a civil war, then there are no words to describe it."

He added that to stop "this civil war from worsening," Syria's President Bashar Assad must leave power and Syrian opposition groups must start a new government.

Fabius says he will be in personal contact with the opposition inside Syria.