France’s President Emmanuel Macron says Syria operation was ‘legitimate’

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“It was the international community that intervened (in Syria),” French President Emmanuel Macron told journalists during a televised interview on Sunday.
Macron defended the air strikes France, the UK, and US carried out in Syria early Saturday in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad on a Damascus suburb last week.

“We have complete international legitimacy to act in this framework,” Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news. “We have three members of the (United Nations) Security Council who have intervened.”

“Three sites of production and treatment of chemical weapons were struck […] there were no Syrian or Russian victims, which is exactly what we wanted to do.”

“We had proof that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime on Syrians, that’s why we intervened,” said Macron, adding that Russia was an accomplice in the use of chemical weapons.

The French president said he convinced US President Donald Trump to maintain troops in Syria and that the strikes should be contained to chemical sites.

Macron said he hopes to bring Putin’s Russia and Erdogan’s Turkey to the negotiating table.

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