Macron says has 'proof' of Syrian chemical attack, vows response
Apr 13 2018
Macron said France wanted to remove the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capabilities.
President Trump has sent mixed messages on the US response, warning Russian Federation in a tweet Wednesday to "get ready" for USA missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for the attack.
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said parliament should be consulted before May approves military action.
"Our teams have been working on this all week and we will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective,"Macron told broadcaster TF1 when asked whether a red line had been crossed".
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that his government has proof Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons in an attack on a suburb in Syria last week.
"France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes that believe they can act with impunity to violate worldwide law in the worst possible way".
Western states are thought to be preparing missile strikes in response to the alleged attack.
Saying that public anger "doesn't stop me", Macron said he would "go to the end" of the train reforms, meant to prepare the national SNCF railway to open to competition. "The latest attack was horrendous".
British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her Cabinet back from vacation to discuss military action against Syria. Later in the day, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the crisis.
Macronconfirmed that he had talked to U.S. President Donald Trump on the matter. On Thursday, however, he tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".
Mr Macron said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted". The Syrian government and Russian Federation have called reports of the attack bogus.
President Vladimir Putin said he hoped common sense would prevail and that the situation would stabilise.
There was no official announcement by Damascus that its forces had retaken the town of Douma, located near the capital Damascus, from rebels.
The global Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is due to send monitors to Douma, but it is how much evidence of any chemical attack might remain.
The rising tension over the Douma attack demonstrates the volatile nature of the Syrian civil war, which started in March 2011 as an uprising against al-Assad, but is now a proxy conflict involving a number of world and regional powers and a myriad of insurgent groups.