French Pres. threatens military strike if Syria regime using WMD


The French government has announced it will introduce a "Universal National Service" for young citizens, as President Emmanuel Macron delivers on one of his campaign pledges.

Macron spoke by phone to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday and urged him to call on the Assad regime to "put an end to the unsustainable deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib".

Macron told reporters on Tuesday evening France "will strike the place where they are launched or where they are prepared".

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Macron said the French and US governments "share the same red lines and are in constant contact".

Calling the issue a "red line", Macron said he would target areas involved in the production and launching of chemical weapons.

Some 109 occurred after the 2015 United Nations adoption of Resolution 2209 which condemns any use of chemicals as a weapon in the Syrian Civil War and threatens to use force if chemical weapons are used again in the conflict.

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On-the-ground observers reported last month that Syrian forces were deploying chlorine gas during air strikes on rebel positions.

Syria signed the worldwide treaty banning chemical weapons and allowed monitors to destroy its poison gas arsenal after an agreement reached in 2013 to avert USA retaliation for what Washington said was a nerve gas attack near Damascus that killed more than 1,000 people.

France, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has struggled to wield influence on Syria.

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said it is obvious that Assad has used chlorine gas in the Syrian civil war, but the "even more concerned" about the possible use of sarin, a deadly nerve agent.