Syria’s parliamentary elections on Wednesday are a “sham” organized by “an oppressive regime,” France’s foreign ministry said, adding that viable elections could only take place after a political transition and new constitution.

“France denounces this sham of an election organized by the regime,” foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in a daily briefing on Wednesday. “They are being held without campaigning, under the auspices of an oppressive regime and without international observation.”

Nadal said only elections as part of a U.N. resolution that paves the way for a transition in the country would be valid.

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