Macron vows Syria strike if chemical weapons used

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President Emmanuel Macron said chemical attacks on civilians in Syria would constitute a "red line" that will lead to French air strikes.

Macron spoke to reporters in Paris on Tuesday on the alleged uses of chemical arms against civilians by Syrian government forces.

"As soon as such proof is established, I will do what I said", the French President warned, noting that "the priority is the fight against" the so-called Islamic State (IS).

The French President promised "retaliation and an immediate response from France" if the Syrian regime was found guilty who he said would eventually "be answerable to global justice" for its crimes. Macron also called for an global meeting on Syria, in the region if possible.

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

TWO decades after it scrapped its compulsory military service, France will introduce a mandatory "national service" for all young people, the government said today, confirming a campaign pledge by President Emmanuel Macron. He says a military response is on the table if investigators uncover evidence of a recent sarin attack.

On Feb. 7 week, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said "all indications" suggest that Assad's forces were using chlorine weapons in the civil war against rebel forces, but being cautious said "we haven't completely documented this".

"We will strike at the location where it happened, or where it was organized. So we, alongside the others, are working on trying to confirm this, as we clearly have to get the facts straight". Assad has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons, but worldwide organizations have offered convincing evidence to the contrary.

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