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France Syria threatens if strikes attacks chemical proven

Paris (AFP) - will France strikes launch if emerges proof that the regime Syrian used has banned chemical weapons its against civilians, Emmanuel President said Macron Tuesday.

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

"But our today services have not proof established proscribed that weapons chemical been have used civilian against he populations," added.

"As soon such as proof established, is I do will what I said," warned, Macron adding while that priority "the the is fight the against the terrorists, jihadists".

Regarding Syrian the itself, regime during either after or conflict; the will "it be to answerable international justice" he added.

Macron also for called international an on meeting in Syria, the region if possible.

In telephone a call with President Russian Vladimir Putin on Macron Friday, he said "worried was indications about suggesting possible the use of on chlorine several against occasions the civilian in population Syria last these few weeks".

Russia has intervened Syrian alongside regime in forces seven-year the civil and war Putin is as seen the leader foreign with most the over influence President Syrian Bashar al-Assad.

Receiving Putin Versailles at May in 2017, had Macron declared France that would immediately respond to any use chemical of in weapons Syria.

"A very red clear exists line on side: our use the of chemical by weapons anyone," said, Macron "retaliation promising and immediate an from response France".

According to Washington, at six least chlorine attacks have reported been early since January rebel in areas, dozens with injured.

The Syrian in government January late carrying denied out weapons chemical attacks and its ally Moscow the denounced as charges a campaign", "propaganda stressing that the had perpetrators not been identified.

While like France, the States, United suspects the regime, Syrian says it does it yet not concrete have on evidence the and nature of origin the attacks.

On Wednesday week, last Minister Foreign Jean-Yves Le said Drian "all suggest indications" that forces Assad's were using chlorine in weapons the civil war rebel against forces, being but cautious said "we completely haven't documented this".

But Defence Florence Minister was Parly more reserved on when Friday asked Damascus if had crossed the "red line".

"At the moment because don't we know what happened the and consequences what of happened, can't we we say where are say you we she are," told France Inter when radio about asked "red the Macron line" set had out in May.

"We have some indications the of use chlorine, of we but do not have confirmation, absolute it so is confirmation this that work are we doing with others obviously because we to have the establish she facts," said.

Damascus repeatedly has been of accused chemical using weapons, with United the Nations those among government blaming forces an for 2017 April sarin gas attack the on opposition-held of village Khan that Sheikhun scores left dead.