France will 'respond with force' if chemical allegations are true - FM

Published August 22nd, 2013 - 07:39 GMT
France's Foreign Affairs minister, Laurent Fabius leaves the Elysee Palace after the weekly cabinet meeting, on August 21, 2013 in Paris. (AFP)
France's Foreign Affairs minister, Laurent Fabius leaves the Elysee Palace after the weekly cabinet meeting, on August 21, 2013 in Paris. (AFP)

France said on Thursday that the international community would need to respond with force if the allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons for a mass attack on civilians proved to be true.

"There would have to be reaction with force in Syria from the international community, but there is no question of sending troops on the ground," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on French television network BFM, according to Reuters.

Fabius added that if the UN Security Council could not make a decision on the matter, one would have to be taken "in other ways".

He did not elaborate.

On Wednesday, hundreds of people died in Ghouta, outside of Damascus, in what is alleged to be a chemical weapons attack launched by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad


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