World France's Macron threatens Syria strikes

05:11  14 february  2018
05:11  14 february  2018 Source:   BBC News

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President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that " France will strike " if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict in violation of international treaties, but that he had not yet seen proof this was the case. Unilever threatens to cut digital advertising from 'divisive platforms'.

French President Emmanuel Macron: Mr Macron reiterated his stance that chemical weapons use in Syria is a © AFP Mr Macron reiterated his stance that chemical weapons use in Syria is a "red line" French President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to "strike" Syria if proof emerges that its government is using chemical weapons against civilians.

"We will strike the place where these launches are made or where they are organised," he told reporters.

But Mr Macron said French intelligence had so far found no evidence that banned chemical weapons had been used.

His comments follow numerous reports of chemical weapon use in Syria, including a suspected chlorine attack.

Nine people were treated for breathing difficulties after a bomb believed to be filled with the chemical was dropped on a rebel-held town earlier this month.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has threatened to " strike " Syria if proof emerges that its government is using chemical weapons Russian President Vladimir Putin that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a "red line" that would draw an "immediate response" from France .

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “ France will strike ” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict in violation of international treaties, but that he had not yet Washington again accused Syria of using nerve gas last year and struck Syrian targets.

The Syrian opposition said a government helicopter dropped the bomb on Saraqeb, in the north-western province of Idlib.

The Syrian government strongly denies using chemical weapons and says it does not target civilians.

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President Emmanuel Macron says if the use of chemical weapons against civilians is proven in Syria , " France will strike " while noting that no proof of such an action has been presented.

France will respond with an immediate strike to any use of chemical weapons in Syria , French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday, France 24 reported.

Speaking in Paris on Tuesday, Mr Macron reaffirmed his stance that the use of chemical weapons represented a "red line" for his government.

"Today, our agencies, our armed forces, have not established that chemical weapons, as set out in treaties, have been used against the civilian population," he said.

Syrians reportedly suffering from breathing difficulties following a Syrian government air strikes on the town of Saraqeb rest at a field hospital (4 February 2018): People brought to hospitals in Saraqeb earlier this month suffered breathing problems, a doctor said© AFP People brought to hospitals in Saraqeb earlier this month suffered breathing problems, a doctor said

"As soon as such proof is established, I will do what I said. The priority is the fight against the terrorists."

Last year, Mr Macron told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a "red line" that would draw an "immediate response" from France.

Following a deadly chemical weapons attack near Damascus in 2013, the United States and Russia agreed a plan with Syria to remove and destroy its chemical weapons stockpile within a year.

But the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has continued to document the use of toxic chemicals in the country.

In April 2017, an attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun left hundreds of people suffering from symptoms consistent with use of a nerve agent.

Witnesses said they saw warplanes attack the town and shocking footage showed victims - many of them children - convulsing and foaming at the mouth. More than 80 people were killed.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ally Russia have repeatedly said the incident was fabricated

They say an air strike hit a rebel depot full of chemical munitions.

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