France has warned that it will recognise Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president if Nicolas Maduro does not announce a presidential vote by the end of February 3rd , Reuters reported.
France's European Affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, told LCI television on Sunday February 3rd, "If by tonight, (President) Maduro does not commit to organising presidential elections, then France will consider Juan Guaido as legitimate to organise them in his place and we will consider him as the interim president until legitimate elections in Venezuela (take place)."
The day before, President Maduro proposed holding congressional elections early in a speech to supporters. Maduro’s proposal comes after Major General Francisco Yanez declared his support for Guaido, the Head of the National Assembly, launching the strongest challenge to Maduro's rule over the country.
On Wednesday 30th January, Venezuelans of every age, class and profession poured onto the streets of the capital to demand that Maduro step down and to expressed their support for the young opposition leader who has declared himself interim president, according to AP.