French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the weekend joined a growing number of world leaders convinced that Israel will soon attack Iran if diplomatic efforts continue to fail to bring the Islamic Republic's nuclear program to an end.
That according to a report in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al Hayat, which cited Sarkozy as telling visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri that Israel "would not stand by while Iran develops nuclear weapons."
Sarkozy reportedly told Hariri that France has evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, contrary to Tehran's claims that its nuclear program is purely for civilian purposes.
The report came just one day after Sarkozy called on the UN Security Council to impose harsher sanctions against Iran for violating previous resolutions. He noted that US President Barack Obama and the rest of the international community had made great efforts to work together with Iran, only to be slapped in the face repeatedly.