Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

French President Emmanuel Macron: We have proof Syria used chlorine

French President Emmanuel Macron: We have proof Syria used chlorine

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Turkey, Russia and Western powers.

"Ten days ago president Trump wanted the United States of America to withdraw from Syria. We convinced him it was necessary to stay", Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news. Trump's new tweet seemed to backtrack from the bellicose one of Wednesday in which he suggested to Syria and its ally Russian Federation that a USA attack over the alleged chemical weapons assault on civilians was all but imminent.

He said the US, France and Britain targeted "extremely precise sites of chemical weapons use" in an operation that went off "perfectly".

"These strikes against Syria engage us in a way with unpredictable and potentially dramatic consequences", she warned on Twitter.

The strike has been furious condemned by Syrian ally Russian Federation, who attempted to bring a motion in the United Nations Security Council on Saturday to denounce the "aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic by the U.S. and its allies".

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Saturday that the strikes had been carried out in violation of norms and principles of the global law.

Both Putin and Rouhani agreed the missiles strikes had "seriously damaged" the prospect for a political settlement in Syria, the statement said.

"I ordered the French armed forces to intervene as part of an global operation in coalition with the United States and the United Kingdom directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that he would respond to "proof" that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, "at a time of our choosing". Images taken in the immediate aftermath of the April 7 attack show babies, children and adults, lying on the ground, some foaming at the mouth.

"The strikes against Syria are without proof, without a United Nations mandate, and against it, without a European agreement and without a vote of the French Parliament", Melenchon said on Twitter.

"There has been repeated and proven violations of the treaty", he said.

Macron said that failing so far to get the red lines respected had led Russian authorities to think of Western powers that "these people from the global community - they are nice, they are weak".

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said.

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