Syria strikes for honour of international community: French President Emmanuel Macron

In an impassioned defence to the European Parliament, Macron said the allies had to act to defend global rules and accused Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad of being "at war with his people."

Published: 17th April 2018 05:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2018 05:41 PM   |  A+A-

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg | AP

By AFP

STRASBOURG (FRANCE): France, Britain and the United States carried out air strikes targeting chemical weapons sites in Syria to defend the "honour of the international community", French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.

In an impassioned defence to the European Parliament, Macron said the allies had to act to defend global rules and accused Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad of being "at war with his people."

"Those that are shocked by images of women, of children who have been attacked by chlorine, we need to stand up to defend our rights. What are we going to say, our rights and principles just for us? No, that simply isn't acceptable," Macron said.

"Three countries have intervened, and let me be quite frank, quite honest -- this is for the honour of the international community," Macron said.

He added that the strikes were conducted "within a legitimate, multilateral framework, and in a very targeted way without any human victim, not a single human victim, to destroy three sites where chemical weapons were being produced or processed.

"These strikes don't necessarily resolve anything but I think they were important," he said.

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