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France to hold debate but no vote on military action in Syria

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France to hold debate but no vote on military action in Syria


The French prime minister has been showing leaders of parliament evidence which he says proves President Assad’s forces used chemical warfare.

The French parliament is due to debate the Syria crisis on Wednesday, although the government has said it won’t hold a vote.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said:

“On wednesday there will be a debate without a vote, because in law the ultimate decision can only be taken by the president of the republic alone, once the coalition is formed, to lead an action which will send this strong message: It is no longer possible for the dictator Bashar Al Assad to use chemical weapons in Syria against his own people.”

The US wants to take punitive action against Assad after what Washington said was a sarin gas attack that killed more than 1,400 people.

NATO has confirmed it won’t be taking part in any action but reaffirmed its support for the American position:

Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:“I can tell you that personally I’m convinced, not only that a chemical attack has taken place but I’m also convinced that the Syrian regime is responsible.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated his opposition to any attack against Russia’s ally Syria.

Russian lawmakers say they want to travel to Washington to urge the U.S. Congress not to support military strikes.

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