French President Emmanuel Macron: We have proof Syria used chlorine


French President Emmanuel Macron said that France had joined the United States and Britain in an ongoing operation of strikes to target "the capacities of the Syrian regime to produce and use chemical weapons".

"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".

On Saturday, France in coordination with the US and the United Kingdom conducted a series of military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad after it accused the latter of being responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Douma, Eastern Ghouta on April 7th.

That acknowledged that Syria had crossed a red line that Mr Macron set past year promising French military action if the use of gas was confirmed.

President Donald Trump was evasive about when the USA might attack Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons assault, saying it could be "very soon or not so soon at all!"

Insisting that the strikes were legitimate, Macron hailed the operation targeting Syrian chemical weapons facilities as a military success.

"We convinced him it was necessary to stay".

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Macron, speaking on French television BFM and online site Mediapart, said "we are preparing a political solution" for Syria, a day after France joined the United States and Britain in launching strikes. "We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return", she said.

He also claimed France was the most active country in the diplomatic arena and at the United Nations, and said his country wanted to include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey in a new diplomatic initiative to find a sustainable political solution in Syria.

"We have not declared war on the regime of Bashar al-Assad", the 40-year-old centrist said in a combative TV interview.

Macron also offered to play the role of intermediary between the United States and Russian Federation.

Macron, who had made the use of chemical weapons a "red line" not to be crossed, bemoaned Russia's use this week of its veto to block a UN Security Council resolution on setting up an investigation into the attack that would name those responsible.

Macron added that he was in daily contact with US President Donald Trump and that they would decide on their response "at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective".

Inspectors for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were due to go to Douma Sunday after arriving in Syria shortly after Saturday's strikes, and have yet to report on any findings.