Macron: France To 'Strike' If Syria Used Chemical Weapons On Civilians

Macron has said no to Corsican demands

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Some 109 occurred after the 2015 United Nations adoption of Resolution 2209 which condemns any use of chemicals as a weapon in the Syrian Civil War and threatens to use force if chemical weapons are used again in the conflict.

"If we have proven evidence that chemical weapons proscribed in treaties are used, we will strike the place where they are made".

"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".

Russian Federation has intervened alongside Syrian regime forces in the seven-year civil war and Putin is seen as the foreign leader with the most influence over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian regime itself, either during or after the conflict, "will be answerable to global justice", he added.

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However, he said France was ready to strike at the origin of chemical weapons usage and he said this position has been made known to Syria's ally, Russia.

Macron said the French and US governments "share the same red lines and are in constant contact". The comments came amid unverified reports that pro-government forces have used chlorine on civilians and rebels to gain control of areas.

Last week, Defence Minister Florence Parly appeared to cast doubt on the scope of the plan, saying it would "probably not be obligatory". "So we, alongside the others, are working on trying to confirm this, as we clearly have to get the facts straight".

France said chemical analysis of a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria last April bore "the signature" of Assad's government.

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