Macron: Assad regime used chemical weapons on Syria's Douma
France has proof that Syria's Assad regime used chemical weapons, "at least chlorine," says its president, Emmanuel Macron. He said he and US President Donald Trump were in "daily contact" to ready a response.
Chemical weapons were used by Syria's Assad regime last Saturday on Douma, a holdout east of Damascus later quit by rebels, Macron told France's TF1 television on Thursday.
"We have proof that chemical weapons were used last week, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar Assad," said the French leader.
Macron said one of his aims in Syria was to "remove the regime's chemical attack capabilities, " but added that he wanted to avoid "an escalation."
French and US officials were "working very closely, and we will have decisions to take, at the time we choose, when we consider it most useful and most effective."