French President Macron calls defense meeting after US-led strike on Syria

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US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed on Saturday the recent joint missile strikes against Syria and agreed to continue the worldwide fight against Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in Russian Federation, the White House press service said.

The French leader previously said any strikes would target the Syrian government's "chemical capabilities".

"This action was proportionate and targeted, it was not aimed at (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad's allies nor at the civilian population", Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told journalists.

"We have proof that. chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar Al Assad", Macron said during an interview on France's TF1 television on Thursday.

Macron added that he was in daily contact with US President Donald Trump and that they would decide on their response "at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective". Macron did not describe the evidence or say how France got it.

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"He stated earlier today that the red line had been crossed and therefore the assumption has to be that there will be a French military strike, probably conducted with the United States of America in fairly short order".

May and Macron's statements came shortly after President Trump addressed the USA on the strikes from the White House. Mr Trump rowed back on that threat on Thursday, however, tweeting "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". It also said Syrian air defenses had responded to the US-British-French attack.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that her country would not join a military operation in Syria.

"On April 7, dozens of men, women and children were massacred in Douma, with the use of a chemical weapon in a total violation of worldwide rules". The Syrian government has denied the allegations and called the reports fake news that the West uses to justify attacking the country.

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