France's Macron Says 'Cannot Tolerate Normalisation Of Chemical Weapons' In Syria

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"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria", Macron said during a two-hour grilling on French television, broadcast days after his government joined the US and Britain in launching strikes against alleged Syrian regime chemical weapons facilities.

On Friday, the United States, France and the United Kingdom launched a series of strikes on a research laboratory and two storage facilities associated with Syria's chemical weapons program.

Macron's tough statement also contrasted with remarks by major European partners.

The United States, Britain and France said they only hit Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and the strikes were not aimed at toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or intervening in the civil war.

Around the same time as he was musing about power to his friend Philippe Besson after his election victory last May, Macron also laid out a clear policy on using military force in Syria.

Mr. Trump described a very specific type of target that the USA would go after, which are Syria's chemical weapon capabilities.

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Geopolitics specialist Dominique Moisi, a senior adviser at the Montaigne Institute think tank in Paris, said "we have said that we were not allowing the use of chemical weapons, that this was a red line".

PARIS France has proof the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week and will decide whether to strike back when all the necessary information has been gathered, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

The Elysee presidential palace did not specify where the planes were taking off and provided no further details.

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike.

In this image made from video provided by UK Government via AP Video, British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in London, Saturday, April 14, 2018.

"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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Opposition lawmakers have called on May to give Parliament a vote before committing British troops.

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its French and British allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

Meanwhile, the Russian military said the Syrian government is now in full control of Duoma, once held by rebels opposing Assad.

The French presidency issued a video on Twitter showing what it said were war planes taking off as part of the intervention. He added it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement".

While this operation was not sanctioned by the United Nations, Syria was supposed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal under a 2013 UN resolution, he said.

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