Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

France's President Says He Has 'Proof' Syria Used Chemical Weapons

France's President Says He Has 'Proof' Syria Used Chemical Weapons

However, after persistent reports of chlorine attacks over the a year ago, his foreign minister and aides have been more nuanced saying a response would hinge on French intelligence proving both the use of chemicals and fatalities, and a riposte would most likely be in coordination with the United States.

French President Emmanuel Macron says he has proof that the Syrian government attacked a town near Damascus with chemical weapons last weekend.

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.

The Kremlin warned Thursday that the USA and its allies, who are weighing military strikes on Syria, to avoid any steps that could destabilize the situation there.

In a tweet sent Wednesday morning, Trump warned that missiles would be coming "nice and new and "smart" on Syria, but in a later tweet insisted he "never said" an attack would take place. Mrs May has indicated she wants Britain to join in any US-led strikes as the use of chemical weapons "cannot go unchallenged".

He said the priority was to avoid an escalation across the region.

Asked to comment on possible US strikes, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said that "it's necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria".

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It remains hard to place an exact figure on the number of people killed and wounded Saturday in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus.

"I will support any response, including a military one, since what was committed in Syria is inadmissible and should not remain unanswered", Hollande told France Inter radio.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation have both denied involvement amid worldwide outrage over Saturday's incident.

"Of course, the chemical attack is what pushed us to agree" to a withdrawal from Douma, said high-ranking Jaish al-Islam member Yasser Dalwan.

First responders said more than 40 people died on Saturday after suffering symptoms consistent with chemical exposure, including wheezing, discoloured skin and foaming at the mouth.

"Our teams are working closely together", he said.

The West has accused Syria of attacking the town but Russian Federation insists the government of Bashar al-Assad did not do it.

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