Chemical Attack in Syria (4 April 2017): Follow the reactions of France

April 4, 2017, a new, particularly severe chemical attack targeted the province of Idlib in northeast Syria.

Following this massacre, a military installation of the Syrian regime used for chemical bombing was destroyed during the night of April 7, 2017 by American strikes.

Following these strikes, on 7 April, the French President and the German Chancellor spoke on the telephone about the situation in Syria.

"In the wake of the chemical massacre perpetrated in Khan Sheikhoun, in northeast Syria, on 4 April, a military installation of the Syrian regime used for chemical bombing was destroyed overnight by American strikes. We were informed of this beforehand.

"Assad is wholly responsible for this development. Indeed, his continued recourse to chemical weapons and mass crimes cannot remain unpunished. This is what France demanded in the summer of 2013 the day after the Ghouta chemical attack.

"France and Germany will therefore continue their efforts with their partners in the United Nations framework to punish in the most appropriate way criminal acts linked to the use of chemical weapons banned by all the treaties.

We call on the international community to come together to support a political transition in Syria, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communiqué."

President François Hollande annonced that he will convene a meeting of the Defence Council April 7 at 7:00 p.m. to see how France can build on this initiative.

France is going to take every initiative so we can relaunch the political transition process in Syria.

I’ll be convening a meeting of the Defence Council this evening at 7.00 p.m. to see how France can build on this initiative.

Jean-Marc Ayrault also reacted Friday, April 7, during the course of his official visit in Mauritania.

The American strikes in Syria are a "signal" that ought to lead the Russians and the Iranians to understand that they can no longer support the Bachar al-Assad regime

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Agence Reuters, 7 April 2017

Since April 4, 2017, the Minister has strongly condemned this horrible act.

The use of chemical weapons constitutes an unacceptable violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and further evidence of the barbarity suffered by the Syrian people for many years.

He also requested that an emergency UN Security Council meeting be convened. :

In the face of such serious crimes which undermine international security, I call on everyone to shoulder their responsibilities. With this in mind, I have requested that an emergency UN Security Council meeting be convened.

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