France says can't act alone on Syria, wants to create coalition

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French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault leaves after a Defence Council meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, August 28, 2013. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault leaves after a Defence Council meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, August 28, 2013.

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PARIS (Reuters) - France aims to build a coalition of countries to back military action against the Syrian government in response to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Monday.

"This act cannot be left without a response," Ayrault said after presenting an intelligence report on Syria to lawmakers. "It's not for France to act alone. The president is continuing his work of persuasion to bring together a coalition without delay."

"France is determined to penalize the use of chemical weapons by (President Bashar al-)Assad's regime and to dissuade with a forceful and firm response," Ayrault said. "The objective is neither to topple the regime or liberate the country." he said, adding that only a political solution in Syria was possible.

(Reporting By John Irish and Alexandria Sage; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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kenradke11 wrote:
There will be no political solution…too little too late for that as with Iran and other rouge nations! War is inevitable and just a matter of time then all hell will break lose all over the middle east and abroad!

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