French Ex-President Backs Military Response to Alleged Chemical Attack in Syria

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"Since the start of the conflict in Yemen, France has adopted a very specific process whereby all sales of military equipment are analysed on a case-by-case basis and on the basis of reinforced criteria that reflect respect for global humanitarian law and the risk of harm to civilian populations", said Macron. "We have evidence chemical weapons were used and that it was the regime who used them", said Macron as he reiterated his position that attacking Damascus was necessary, Efe news reported. The Australian leader said France was one of his country's "oldest and closest friends".

He insisted he did "not want an escalation".

Reports about the chemical weapons attack in Syria emerged on Saturday, claiming that a chlorine-filled bomb dropped by the Syrian military killed up to 70 people. The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not participate in any military strike on Syria. The British daily newspaper, The Guardian, through a news report confirmed Phillippe called for a strong, united and resolute reaction from the worldwide community.

"We have proof that chemical weapons were used last week, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad", Macron said during an interview on France's TF1 television.

Russian Federation has warned the USA and its allies against any steps that could destabilize the situation in Syria.

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Moscow, which offers military support to the Syrian regime, has warned of a possible Russian response to a U.S. attack. He added that it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement".

He also said the two sides agreed on the necessity to respond to the chemical attack on the Syrian city of Douma, in addition to the need to "reduce Iran's ballistic activities and expansionism in the region".

US President Donald Trump on Monday promised quick, forceful action in response to the attack, appearing to suggest a potential military response.

NBC News reported that USA officials obtained blood and urine samples from victims of the Douma attack that tested positive for chemicals, mainly for chlorine and some for a nerve agent.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will discuss ways of ending "the chemical massacre" in Syria during a telephone call with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. I say that as a friend of the United States and as a friend of the United Kingdom.

The Russian government has indicated that it would react if its forces felt threatened by a possible western strike against the Assad regime.