France called on the UN Security Council to consider military action in Syria if the peace plan sponsored by UN envoy Kofi Annan failed to end the current crisis.
As he considered Annan's report on May 5 as the “moment of truth”, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, said the plan was “severely compromised”.
He said France has been discussing with other world powers the prospect of invoking Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows for action that could be militarily enforceable.
However, he pointed out that such a resolution, which was also mooted by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week, was unlikely to pass, alluding to previous Security Council vetoes from Russia and China.
Juppe demanded on Wednesday that 300 UN observers authorized to go to Syria be deployed within 15 days.
"Things are not going well", Juppe said after a meeting with Syrian dissidents at his ministry.
"We think this mediation should be given a chance, on the condition that the deployment of the 300 observer mission happens quickly'', Juppe added.
Annan's report on May 5 on the state of the UN-backed ceasefire will be "a moment of truth: Either this mediation is working, or it isn't''.
He claimed that Assad's government has not honored the pledges to withdraw its military from cities and towns.
"We cannot allow ourselves to be defied by the current regime'', Juppe said.