Macron says to strike Syria "in due course"

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24 April, 2018

He reiterated that Canada condemns the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta.

The sources said if France were to attack, the strikes would most likely come from warplanes rather than its naval frigate off the Lebanese coast, and that they would likely to take off from France rather than its Middle East bases.

Mr Macron said the attack had been limited so far to Syria's chemical weapons facilities. Trump says attack "very soon or not so soon" US President Donald Trump cast doubt on Thursday over the timing of his threatened strike on Syria. "The red line established by France in May 2017 was crossed", Mr Macron said. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military.

British Prime Minister Theresa May also said she had authorised British forces to conduct strikes against Syria.

"The president of the Republic said he wanted the dialogue between France and Russian Federation to continue and intensify in order to bring peace and stability to Syria", Macron's office said after the call, which came as the West ponders possible strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack.

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For the moment, public opinion polls in France suggest that a plurality of citizens are skeptical of carrying out a strike on Syria.

He said: "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 global law in the worst possible way".

PHOTO: This image released early Sunday, April 8, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

Much of the commentary in France over the past week has focused on whether the country could forge ahead by itself in Syria if Trump follows through on his pledge to withdraw USA forces from the country.

On the extreme right, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, said France had lost a chance to "appear on the worldwide scene as an independent power".


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