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France will 'strike' if proven Syria using chemical arms: Macron

Emmanuel Macron, le 9 février 2018 à l'Elysée
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Macron also called for an international meeting on Syria, in the region if possible.

France will launch attacks if proof emerges that the Syrian regime has used banned chemical weapons against its civilians, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.

"We will strike the place where these launches are made or where they are organized," Macron told the presidential press corps.

"But today our services have not established proof that proscribed chemical weapons have been used against civilian populations," he added.

"As soon as such proof is established, I will do what I said," Macron warned, while adding that "the priority is the fight against the terrorists, the jihadists".

As regards the Syrian regime itself, either during or after the conflict; "it will be answerable to international justice" he added.

Macron also called for an international meeting on Syria, in the region if possible.

"I have many proposals," the French leader said, without giving any more details.

More to follow.

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2 late for Macron. In any case it is the Quai d'Orday & not M decision.

Are Kurds terrorists for Macron?

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