Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron back up Trump on Syrian airstrikes

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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he has proof that the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria had used chemical weapons in the attack in suburban Damascus on Saturday.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at an elementary school to attend a one-hour interview with French news channel TF1, in Berd'huis, France, April 12, 2018.

He said the attack had been limited so far to Syria's chemical weapons facilities and said the facts and the responsibility of the Syrian regime were beyond doubt.

"I have ordered the French army to intervene tonight as part of the worldwide operation in coalition with the U.S. and Britain directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime", he said.

The French military targeted Syria's main chemicals research centre and two other facilities overnight, ministers said, adding Russian Federation had been informed before the strikes were carried out.

France says it can prove the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians last weekend.

He added that daily contact with the President of the United States Donald trump and that they "will make a decision in the near future, when they consider it the most useful and effective".

For both May and Macron, the strikes made good on their respective predecessors' pledges to retaliate over Syria's use of chemical weapons.

Mr Macron, who tweeted a picture of himself in a meeting room with military and diplomatic advisers, said a debate about France's military involvement would take place in Parliament.

"I don't think she had much choice", said Justin Bronk, a research fellow for air power at the Royal United Services Institute, a defence and security focused research institute in London. The president set a "red line" on the use of such weapons last May. His post indicated that missiles would be coming.

But the global body charged with independently verifying the deadly attack, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), has not been given access to the site of the alleged chemical attack in Douma.

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