Syrian missile strikes Macron's most significant military action

Syrian missile strikes Macron's most significant military action

The 40-year-old leader said the U.S., Britain and France had "full global legitimacy to intervene" in order to enforce worldwide humanitarian law.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Turkey, Russia and Western powers.

The decision to strike Syrian government targets followed a week of hectic diplomacy and coordination with US and British allies.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday he has convinced President TrumpDonald John TrumpRobert De Niro, Ben Stiller play Mueller and Cohen in "SNL" parody of "Meet the Parents" Trump order targets wide swath of public assistance programs Comey says Trump reacted to news of Russian meddling by asking if it changed election results MORE to keep US troops in Syria long-term. Macron insisted the Western allies had "complete global legitimacy to act" in Syria.

On Thursday, sitting in a primary school in Normandy where he was giving his first TV interview in months, Macron said France now had proof the Syrian government had been involved.

"What I want you to understand is that we have full global legitimacy in intervening in this case", Macron said.

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Both the Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors' security. Lavrov spoke to reporters in Moscow on Friday . "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

While it is unusual for a French president to present himself as driving USA policy in military matters in the Middle East, Macron and Trump have developed a friendly relationship over the past year.

Macron added that Russian Federation, which backs Assad politically and militarily, had made itself complicit in the Syrian government's actions.

Obama had to backtrack in the face of congressional opposition, signaling US fatigue in the Middle East and empowering Russia, Western military experts said at the time. "The Turks condemned the chemical weapons".

He said the US, France and Britain targeted "extremely precise sites of chemical weapons use" in an operation that went off "perfectly".

The three allies joined forces for the missile strikes a week after a deadly attack on the town of Douma where civilians were hit with chlorine and sarin, according to the Western powers. "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said. "It is not about regime change". Macron invited Trump to Bastille day celebrations a year ago and will travel to Washington on a state visit this month.

In addition, the French president said he persuaded Trump that the USA and its allies should only carry out missile strikes aimed at Syrian chemical weapons facilities. That did not mean military strikes would continue.

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