France has not declared war on Syria regime: Macron

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

"Their chemical weapons production capacities have been destroyed", Macron told BFM television at the start of a two-hour interview marking nearly a year since the start of his presidency.

Defending France's participation in the joint air strikes targeting Syrian government's chemical capabilities, the 40-year-old head of state called the operation "a legitimate retaliatory act" after evidence proved that chemical gas attack was used in Douma on April 7 and which "could be attributed to" the Syrian government.

"It's the condition to have peace", Macron told news channel BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

Haley said the three US goals for accomplishing its mission have been making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating the Islamic State terror group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing. "The Turks condemned the chemical weapons".

The White House said Sunday that US President Donald Trump still wants American troops to exit Syria as soon as possible, after the French president said he persuaded Trump to stay in Syria and launch airstrikes as punishment for an alleged chemical-weapons attack. "We convinced him it was necessary to remain there", he said.

He also claimed credit for convincing his USA counterpart Donald Trump to stay engaged in the conflict long-term.

Like Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May he has faced a domestic backlash for striking Syria without consulting parliament, but he defended the move as well within his constitutional powers.

A tribe in New Caledonia says it is against the French President Emmanuel Macron visiting the grave of the 19 Kanaks killed in the 1988 Ouvea hostage drama.

His approval ratings have fluctuated over a year in which he has pursued major reforms, which he insists are his mandate despite staunch opposition from some sectors of society. "Yeah, I'll go to St. Petersburg in may", said macron, reports the Chronicle.info with reference on the Letters.

He dismissed the protesters as "a minority" in most cases, repeating accusations that "professional" trouble-makers were joining the blockades.

He reserved little sympathy, however, for the students blocking several university faculties across the country in protest at plans to make admissions more selective.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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