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Macron: 'France will strike' if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

14 February 2018

France will launch attacks if proof emerges that the Syrian regime has used banned chemical weapons against its civilians, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday, according to the AFP news agency. Syria has denied using chemical weapons, and insists they disarmed several years ago.

Syria signed the worldwide treaty banning chemical weapons and allowed monitors to destroy its poison gas arsenal after an agreement reached in 2013 to avert USA retaliation for what Washington said was a nerve gas attack near Damascus that killed more than 1,000 people.

Regarding the Syrian regime itself, either during or after the conflict; "it will be answerable to worldwide justice" he added. Last week, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told local broadcaster BFM TV that "all indications show us today that the Syrian regime is using chlorine gas at the moment".

Receiving Putin at Versailles in May 2017, Macron had declared that France would respond immediately to any use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Last week was one of the bloodiest in the Syrian conflict as Syrian government forces, who are backed by Russian Federation and Iran, bombarded two of the last major rebel areas of Syria - Eastern Ghouta near Damascus and the northwestern province of Idlib. He says a military response is on the table if investigators uncover evidence of a recent sarin attack.

"We are working on the structuring of Islam in France and also on how to explain it, which is extremely important", Mr. Macron said.

In response the United States carried out a missile strike against a Syrian air base.

Macron: 'France will strike' if proven chemical bombs used in Syria