Regime fin­gered in anal­y­sis of sarin gas at­tack on rebels

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PARIS | France said Wednesday that the chem­i­cal anal­y­sis of sam­ples taken from a deadly sarin gas at­tack in Syria ear­lier this month “bears the sig­na­ture” of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s govern­ment and shows it was re­spon­si­ble.

For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Marc Ayrault said France came to this con­clu­sion af­ter com­par­ing sam­ples from a 2013 sarin at­tack in Syria that matched the new ones. The find­ings came in a six­page re­port pub­lished Wednesday.

Rus­sia, a close ally of Mr. As­sad, promptly de­nounced the French re­port, say­ing the sam­ples and the fact the nerve agent was used are not enough to prove who was be­hind it. Mr. As­sad has re­peat­edly de­nied that his forces used chem­i­cal weapons.

But Mr. Ayrault said France knows “from sure sources” that “the man­u­fac­tur­ing process of the sarin that was sam­pled is typ­i­cal of the method de­vel­oped in Syr­ian lab­o­ra­to­ries.”

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