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One step closer to war: Macron 'has proof' Assad used chemical weapons

24 April 2018, 03:48 | Simon Arnold

One step closer to war: Macron 'has proof' Assad used chemical weapons

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French officials said they have seen proof that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week, French president Emmanuel Macron said in an interview given to French TV TF1 today.

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed on Saturday the recent joint missile strikes against Syria and agreed to continue the worldwide fight against Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in Russian Federation, the White House press service said. France is expected to join the United States and Britain in carrying out air strikes or some other form of attack in response to the use of the weapons but it remains unclear when that might happen or even if it definitely will.

"France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes that believe they can act with impunity to violate global law in the worst possible way", he said.


"France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes that believe they can act with impunity to violate worldwide law in the worst possible way".

Mr Macron said he would respond "at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective".

Mr Macron said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted". While it was unclear how the USA would make Syria and its allies "pay a price" for civilian deaths, Trump's statement indicated that he held Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible for the attack for his association with Syria.


Since the Douma attack, Macron has mostly couched his rationale as a natural response to an obvious human rights violation. In Washington, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States did not have complete information about what occurred in Syria.

He said he would decide "in due course" whether to strike Syria. The global chemical watchdog said it would deploy a team to investigate.

He added, "NATO considers the use of chemical weapons as a threat to worldwide peace and security, and believes that it is essential to protect the Chemical Weapons Convention", which Syria signed in 2013, leading to a ban in the country on the manufacture or use of such weapons.




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