Macron Ready to Order Syria Strike If Chemical Attacks Proven


French President Emmanuel Macron says his country will conduct an airstrike if the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Bashar al-Assad government is confirmed.

Some 109 occurred after the 2015 United Nations adoption of Resolution 2209 which condemns any use of chemicals as a weapon in the Syrian Civil War and threatens to use force if chemical weapons are used again in the conflict.

"We will strike the place where these launches are made or where they are organized", Macron told the presidential press corps.

The vice-president of the Syria Civil Defence, or "White Helmets", responded on Tuesday, saying France should stop talking about red lines and focus on real action.

"There is no taboo about this subject", Macron told reporters.

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At the same time, Macron stressed that France doesn't have evidence that Syria has used banned weapons.

Russian Federation has intervened alongside Syrian regime forces in the seven-year civil war and Putin is seen as the foreign leader with the most influence over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A red line has commonly been used among diplomats as a boundary or a limit that should not be crossed particularly in conflict. The resolution provided a framework for the elimination of the Syrian regime's chemical weapons arsenal.

The president believes the experience will build social cohesion and patriotism by throwing together a diverse group of young people in a military environment.

On-the-ground observers reported last month that Syrian forces were deploying chlorine gas during air strikes on rebel positions.

On January 22: A suspected chlorine attack in Douma, led to at least 21 cases of respiratory problems, including children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.