"Today we cannot allow a regime - who thinks they can do whatever they want, even, at worst, defy global law - to act".
Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France has "proof" that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime against rebels in Douma and he would make a decision "in due time" along with the US on how to react.
Macron said France has "proof that last week chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine, and that they were used by Bashar al-Assad's regime".
Macron added that he was in daily contact with US President Donald Trump and that "we will have decisions to take in due course, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective".
Macron said in February this year that "France will strike" if chemical weapons are used against civilians.
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In recent weeks, government forces have recaptured villages and towns in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of the capital. The toll is likely to rise, said the Union of Medical Care Organizations (UOSSM), a group of global aid agencies.
The rising tension over the Douma attack demonstrates the volatile nature of the Syrian civil war, which started in March 2011 as an uprising against al-Assad, but is now a proxy conflict involving a number of world and regional powers and a myriad of insurgent groups.
He would give the green light to launch a military offensive alongside the United States "once we have verified all the information" to remove "the regime's chemical attacks capabilities", he told TF1 television. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" There was also no indication that Syrian government forces had entered Douma on Thursday, the Associated Press reported. The Syrian government and Russian Federation have called reports of the attack bogus.
The Russian government has indicated that it would react if its forces felt threatened by a possible western strike against the Assad regime.
The talks stressed that threats of some Western countries to attack Syria, "based on the lies fabricated by these countries and their tools of the terrorist organizations inside Syria, came after the liberation of the eastern Ghouta and the failure of a new bet of those upon which these countries have relied in the war on Syria".