Macron: Assad regime used chemical weapons on Syria's Douma

Syria 'chemical attack': France's President Macron 'has proof'

Syria 'chemical attack': France's President Macron 'has proof'

"We have proof that last week, now 10 days ago, that chemical weapons were used, at least with chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of (President) Bashar al-Assad", Macron said, without giving details on the evidence or how it was acquired.

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.

Former French President Francois Hollande expressed on Thursday his support to the idea of taking military action as one of the possible responses to the alleged chemical attack on the Syrian city of Douma.

"Our teams are working closely together", he said.

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Mr Macron said he would respond "at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective".

On Thursday a foreign ministry spokeswoman asked whether the aim of Western strikes might be "to quickly remove the traces of the provocation". But, he added: "Regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate global law, cannot be allowed to act".

The French leader had previously said any strikes would target the Syrian government's "chemical capabilities".

US President Donald Trump is still weighing options for military action against Syria.

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The agreement was announced on Sunday morning by Syria's government and its ally Russian Federation, just hours after toxic gases were allegedly released on Douma.

In a tweet sent Wednesday morning, Trump warned that missiles would be coming "nice and new and "smart" on Syria, but in a later tweet insisted he "never said" an attack would take place. "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.

Reports about the chemical weapons attack in Syria emerged on Saturday, claiming that a chlorine-filled bomb dropped by the Syrian military killed up to 70 people. Mr Macron did not supply the source of his information.

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