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Macron says he convinced Trump to stay in Syria

French president defends legitimacy of attack on Syria

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Macron says he convinced Trump to stay in Syria

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, said on Sunday that it was he who convinced his American counterpart, Donald Trump, to remain long-term in Syria and to limit bombardment against targets of program of chemical weapons of regime of Bashar al-Assad.

"Ten days ago, President Trump said that United States considered leaving Syria, we convinced him, convinced him that it was necessary to stay, stay in a lasting way," said Macron in a televised interview. The French president said that it was also his doing that operation was so restricted. "We convinced him that we had to limit attacks on chemical weapons, when re has been a media wrapping through tweets," he said in reference to Trump's war threats against Damascus through social networks in recent days.

Although interview was agreed for some time, meeting served President to speak for first time to French since coordinated attack with United States and United Kingdom against chemical weapons targets in Syria. While Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May delivered speeches on same Friday night and Saturday morning, Macron had so far preferred to delegate explanations to his defense and foreign ministers who helped To coordinate operation, although according to sources of Elysium quoted by press final decision was only of president.

Macron took appointment to defend firmly "legitimacy" of attack despite not having a mandate from United Nations and denied that this makes France a world gendarme, as asked by director of daily leftist Mediapart, Edwy Plenel , one of his interlocutors.

The intervention on Friday night to Saturday was "legitimate in multilateral framework," said Macron. "It is international community that has intervened, and has done so in an extremely precise way," he added and reiterated that France considers that it has sufficient evidence that Damascus is behind use of chemical weapons in city of Duma a little over a week ago . He also argued that an intervention was needed to restore "credibility" of western democracies.

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

Macron had already stated on Thursday, during his first televised interview of week, that France had evidence that regime of Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, an end that president set since beginning of his term, a little less than a year ago , as a "red line" which would result in a cross-intervention in Syria.

"We cannot tolerate banalization of use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger to Syrian people and to our collective security," Macron insisted in a statement issued at dawn on Saturday, following commencement of attack in Syria by Supposed use of chlorine gas against Duma's civilian population.

France considers that international military operation constitutes a serious warning to Syria that it must open its way to a dialogued way. A step for which Paris wants to have help of Moscow, who is one who must "push" Assad.

"Let us hope that Russia understands that after military retaliation (...) We must unite our efforts to promote a political process in Syria that will allow an exit from crisis, "said Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, in an interview in Dominical Journal du dimanche. "Today, one blocking process is Bachar El Asad. It is up to Russia to exert pressure on it, he said.

The prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, met this Sunday with highest parliamentary representatives to explain attack on Syria. The head of government summoned president of Senate, Gérard Larcher, to his pair of National Assembly, François de Rugy, as well as to heads of parliamentary groups and of competent committees in Hemicycle. At end of meeting, Rugy confirmed that a debate will be held on Monday without a vote in National Assembly on bombing of Syrian targets.

The session "will allow government to explain to all MEPs and all parliamentary groups to express ir positions" on attack, he said. With criticisms on Saturday of leaders of Left party of France Unsubmissive, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and of ultra-right-wing National Front, Marine Le Pen, joined this Sunday chief of Republicans, Laurent Wauquiez. "I do not believe in usefulness of punitive attacks. I see neir utility nor sense of attacking for attacking, to give feeling that something is done, without a strategy behind, "he told Journal du dimanche.

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