Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

France convinced United States to 'stay in Syria': Macron

France convinced United States to 'stay in Syria': Macron

Mr Macron said "we can not tolerate the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons", in a statement.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump tweeted.

"It was retaliation, not an act of war", Macron said in justifying the operation a day before the French parliament was set to debate it.

Earlier this month, Trump declared the US would "be coming out of Syria very soon".

The U.S., France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing so again, President Donald Trump announced Friday.

"I assure you, we have convinced him that it is necessary to stay for the long-term", Macron told veteran journalists Jean-Jacques Bourdin and Edwy Plenel. The airstrikes marked Macron's biggest foreign policy yet.

On Saturday, France in coordination with the US and the United Kingdom conducted a series of military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad after it accused the latter of being responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Douma, Eastern Ghouta on April 7th.

As for his allies, Macron suggested France played a pivotal role in changing Trump's mind on the need to stay involved in the conflict.

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Macron reaffirmed that there was proof of chemical attacks, adding: "We had reached a point where these strikes were necessary to give back the [international] community some credibility". "He [Russian president Vladimir Putin] has understood it's not the case any more".

"Of course they are complicit".

The French leader accused Russian Federation of "systematically building" the worldwide community's inability to implement 2013 deal on Syria's chemical weapons and said Moscow is an "accomplice" of Syrian regime.

Le Drian insisted it was important to continue talking to Russian Federation, and that Macron's trip to St. Petersburg at the end of May would go ahead as planned.

Macron had warmer words for Turkey.

"These strikes against Syria engage us in a way with unpredictable and potentially dramatic consequences", she warned on Twitter. 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.

François Delattre, the French ambassador to the United Nations, said France could not "let the genie of proliferation out of the bottle", adding that Damascus "reached the point of no return" in the April 7th attacks on Ghouta.

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