France says relations with Syria are improving
France's new Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says talks between a top level diplomat and Syria's President in Damascus are a "sign on the road of conciliation".
Under former President Jacques Chirac, ties between the two countries were almost cut after the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafiq Al-Hariri. Chirac is now living in one of the most expensive flats in Paris - owned by Rafiq's son. Chirac was today questioned by a judge over alleged corruption.
The UN investigation into the killing of Rafiq Al-Hariri initially pointed towards Syria, but recent reports have cast doubt on that claim.
Britain, America and the EU have sent high level representatives to Syria over the past few months, breaking two years of isolation.