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Syria strikes keep home fires burning for UK's May and France's Macron

Syria strikes keep home fires burning for UK's May and France's Macron”

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at an elementary school to attend a one-hour interview with French news channel TF1, in Berd'huis, France, April 12, 2018.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announced Saturday she authorized her country's forces to conduct "precision strikes" alongside America and France against Syria in the wake of the chemical attack that left dozens of civilians dead this week.

"France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes believe they can act with impunity to violate global law in the worst possible way", the French president said during the interview.

"France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes that believe they can act with impunity to violate global law in the worst possible way".

French Mirage and Rafale fighter jets were involved in air strikes on Syria together with four frigate warships, a presidency source said on Saturday.

The French president unveiled that Paris had "proof that chemical weapons were used last week, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad".

Mr Macron said he has been talking regularly this week with US President Donald Trump about the most effective response.

Macron said his country's priorities in Syria are to fight terror, allow the access of humanitarian aid and help bring peace to the region.

Mr Macron said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

The veto had prevented a "united" front on putting in place a mechanism "to prevent the regime being a repeat offender", Macron said. Trump says attack "very soon or not so soon" US President Donald Trump cast doubt on Thursday over the timing of his threatened strike on Syria. That acknowledged that Syria had crossed a red line that Mr Macron set past year promising French military action if the use of gas was confirmed.

Mr Macron's statement comes after a war of words between President Trump and Moscow yesterday - the US President warned Russian Federation "missiles are coming" and the Kremlin responded by vowing to blow up US ships.

A top Syrian rebel official told AFP on Thursday that his faction only agreed to abandon its battered enclave outside Damascus because of an alleged toxic gas attack.



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