Emmanuel Macron: we have 'proof' Syria used chemical weapons

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Macron said French and USA officials were "working together very closely, and we will have decisions to take, at the time we choose, when we consider it most useful and most effective".

"We have proof that. chemical weapons were used, 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 on Thursday.

President Macron also said they will decide whether to strike back when all the necessary information has been gathered.

Russian Federation has described the reports of a chemical attack as a "provocation" created to justify Western intervention against the Syrian government, and accused militant rebels of fabricating it.

However, he added, France could not give "regimes who think they can do anything" free rein to violate worldwide laws and the global ban on the use of chemical weapons.

Macron said one of his aims in Syria was to "remove the regime's chemical attack capabilities", but added that he wanted to avoid "an escalation". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" he said on Twitter.

"Germany will not take part in possible military action, on which no decisions have yet been taken", she told a press conference alongside Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.




Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged against "any steps which could lead to an escalation of tensions".

Since Saturday, several thousand rebels and civilians have left Douma for opposition-held territory in the north of Syria.

US President Donald Trump, who said on Wednesday that missiles were "coming", has now tweeted that he "never said when".

Macron stated that France has yet to determine a response to last week's attack.

It was the first public acknowledgement by Jaish al-Islam of a deal reached for Douma, their last rebel holdout in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus.

The Russian military said Thursday that the Syrian government is now in full control of the town, once held by rebels opposing Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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