French President Emmanuel Macron said France has proof of chemical weapons

French President Emmanuel Macron said France has proof of chemical weapons

French President Emmanuel Macron said France has proof of chemical weapons

Macron confirmed that he had talked to U.S. President Donald Trump on the matter. The Syrian government and Russian Federation have denied a chemical attack occurred.

According to news agency Reuters, France President Emmanuel Macron has said "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.

"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.

Macron reiterated that France wasn't at war with Syria but that its enemy in the region was ISIS, the Islamist movement that has claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks on French territory dating back to 2015.

"We will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective", Macron said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged against "any steps which could lead to an escalation of tensions". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all", he added.

It comes as the British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a special "war cabinet" to discuss her options.

On Thursday, a foreign ministry spokeswoman asked whether the aim of Western strikes might be "to quickly remove the traces of the provocation".

There was no official announcement by Damascus that its forces had retaken the town of Douma, located near the capital Damascus, from rebels.

The attack on the city on Saturday is said by activists and medics to have killed dozens of people when government aircraft dropped bombs filled with toxic chemicals.

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.

Macron said in February this year that "France will strike" if chemical weapons are used against civilians.

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