Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

France has not declared war on Syria regime: Macron

France has not declared war on Syria regime: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron poses on the TV set before an interview with RMC-BFM and Mediapart French journalists at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, France, April 15, 2018.

The allies fired missiles early on Saturday at three chemical weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged attack on the town of Douma.

He stated: "Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria".

"We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term".

It has been revealed that French President Emmanuel Macron persuaded President Donald Trump not to pullout USA soldiers in Syria to enable him launch airstrikes as punishment for the Bashar al-Assad led-government for an alleged chemical weapons attack on his people.

The intervention on Friday night to Saturday was "legitimate in multilateral framework", said Macron.

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"We also persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons (sites), after things got a little carried away over tweets", he said. The airstrikes marked Macron's biggest foreign policy yet. Macron invited Trump to Bastille day celebrations past year and will travel to Washington on a state visit this month.

He said the military operation in Syria was legitimate and within the worldwide community framework, and was not a declaration of war.

Macron said that failing so far to get the red lines respected had led Russian authorities to think of Western powers that "these people from the worldwide community - they are nice, they are weak". "He [Russian president Vladimir Putin] has understood it's not the case any more".

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government opposition forces.

"Of course they are complicit".

"We had reached a time when this attack was indispensable to restore credibility of word of global community", especially to Russian Federation, he said, and also to or key worldwide partners in any way Politics in Syria: Iran and Turkey, he stressed.

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Despite soaring tensions with Russia, Macron stressed the need to "talk to everyone" in pursuing a Syrian settlement, saying his plans to visit Moscow in May remain unchanged.

Macron had warmer words for Turkey.

However, he repeatedly warned the Syrian government that he would intervene military if alleged use of chemical arms would be proved.

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

"All of our missiles reached their target", he said.

"We have full global legitimacy in intervening in this case", Macron said.

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