France has proof Syrian government launched chemical attacks - Macron

France has proof Syrian government launched chemical attacks - Macron

A day after France joined the United States and Britain in launching unprecedented strikes against regime targets, Macron insisted the intervention was legitimate and urged worldwide powers to push for a diplomatic solution to the brutal seven-year war.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he was ready to talk to all, including Russian Federation and Iran, to pave the way for inclusive political transition in the war-torn Syria.

"We convinced him it was necessary to stay", Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news.

In a statement Friday night, U.S. President Donald Trump outlined strikes being carried out against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad after a chemical weapon attack earlier in the week.

Mr Macron said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

France has evidence that Syria used chemical weapons against its own citizens, French President Emmanuel Macron said today, five days after a suspected chemical attack there.

"We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term". And, he added, "Special services of a country, which is now seeking to be in the first ranks of the Russophobic campaign, were involved in this staged event".

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The strikes were a response to the suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

Macron said in a statement that a target of the strike was the Syrian government's "clandestine chemical arsenal".

British Prime Minister Theresa May also said she had authorised British forces to conduct strikes against Syria.

On Tuesday, the OPCW announced that at the invitation of the Assad government, and with urging from the Russian Federation, it would deploy an investigative team to Syria.

"We have the proof that last week, chemical weapons - at least chlorine gas - were used by Assad's regime", Macron told a French journalist.

Trump said the US was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

France is expected to join the United States (US) 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.

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