France will bomb Syria if chemical attacks are proven Macron to strike factories where weapons are made
May 2017, Macron had declared that France would respond immediately to any use of chemical weapons in Syria.
“A very clear red line exists on our side: the use of chemical weapons by anyone,” Macron said, promising retaliation and an immediate response from France. According to Washington, at least six chlorine attacks have been reported since early January in rebel areas, with dozens injured.
The Syrian government in late January denied carrying out chemical weapons attacks and its ally Moscow denounced the charges as a propaganda campaign, stressing that the perpetrators had not been identified.
While France, like the United States, suspects the Syrian regime, it says it does not yet have concrete evidence on the nature and origin of the attacks. On Wednesday last week, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said all indications suggest that Assad’s forces were using chlorine weapons in the civil war against rebel forces, but being cautious said we haven’t completely documented this.
But Defence minister Florence Parly was more reserved on Friday when asked if Damascus had crossed the red line. “At the moment because we don’t know what happened and the consequences of what happened, we can’t say we are where you say we are,” she told France Inter radio when asked about the red line Macron had set out in May.
“We have some indications of the use of chlorine, but we do not have absolute confirmation, so it is this confirmation DONALD TRUMP'S longtime personal lawyer admitted on Tuesday to paying porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 (`83 lakh)out of his own pocket the month before the 2016 presidential elections.
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“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said in a statement to the Times.
“The payment to Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
Cohen called the payment to the porn star a ‘private transaction.’
Meanwhile Cohen said he gave a similar statement to the Federal Election Commission after a complaint was filed by government watchdog group Common Cause.
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Damascus has repeatedly been accused of using chemical weapons, with the United Nations among those blaming government forces for an April 2017 sarin gas attack on the opposition-held village of Khan Sheikhun that left scores dead.
More than 80 people were killed in a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in north-western Syria on April 4 , 2016.
Hundreds suffered symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent after what the opposition and Western powers said was a Syrian government air strike on the area.
UN has repeatedly accused Damascus of using chemical attacks on civilians