Syrian missile strikes Macron's most significant military action

Syrian missile strikes Macron's most significant military action

Appearing in a two-hour live broadcast on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart, the 40-year-old leader said the U.S., Britain and France had "full worldwide legitimacy to intervene" in order to enforce global humanitarian law.

The French president nevertheless said he wanted to engage in dialogue with all parties, including Moscow, in order to find a political solution for Syria.

Saturday's strikes on Syria - in which the US, France and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting three chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on 7 April - were the first major military operation since Macron's election in May past year.

And now, French President Emmanuel Macron claims that he has convinced Trump to commit US forces to stay in Syria for a while after all. Macron insisted the Western allies had "complete worldwide legitimacy to act" in Syria. "Please be reassured we've convinced him that we had to stay on in the long-term".

"Ten days ago, President Trump said the USA's will is to disengage from Syria". "We convinced him to remain", he said, speaking in the majestic room of Chaillot National Theater, with the Eiffel Tower shining in the background".

Macron added that Russian Federation, which backs Assad politically and militarily, had paved the way for the Syrian government's actions.

Obama had to backtrack in the face of congressional opposition, signaling USA fatigue in the Middle East and empowering Russia, Western military experts said at the time.

"We have seen a regime appearing to think they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

"Chlorine was definitely used", he said.

He said the allies had clear proof there had been a chemical attack in the town of Douma near Damascus on April 7 and that the Syrian government was responsible. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity. "It is not about regime change".

Macron also offered to play the role of intermediary between the United States and Russian Federation.

"We cannot tolerate the trivialization of the use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security", Macron added. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

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