Emmanuel Macron 'convinced Donald Trump' to stay in Syria

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And in a reference to Trump's raging on Twitter at Russian Federation over the possibility of strikes, Macron added: "The second thing is that we have also convinced him that he must limit his strikes to chemical weapons, at a time when there was a media furore via tweet, as I'm sure you noticed".

Limiting the strikes to these specific targets was not necessarily Trump's initial plan, Macron said. "We have complete worldwide legitimacy to act in this framework", Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news.

French president Emmanuel Macron has claimed that he convinced Donald Trump to keep US forces in Syria "for the long term" during the run-up to air strikes on Syrian weapons sites by French, US and United Kingdom forces on Saturday.

"I assure you, we have convinced him that it is necessary to stay for the long-term", he told veteran journalists Jean-Jacques Bourdin and Edwy Plenel, charged with the two-hour grilling.

While it is unusual for a French president to present himself as driving USA policy on military matters in the Middle East, Macron and Trump have developed a friendly relationship over the past year. Macron invited Trump to assist to Bastille day celebrations a year ago and will travel to Washington on a state visit later this month. "He [Russian president Vladimir Putin] has understood it's not the case any more". "They have not used chlorine themselves but they have methodically built the worldwide community's inability to act through diplomatic channels to stop the use of chemical weapons", he said of Russian Federation.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Turkey, Russia and Western powers.

"These strikes against Syria engage us in a way with unpredictable and potentially dramatic consequences", she warned on Twitter.

But Macron again argued his first major military intervention as president was necessary to send a signal that the use of chemical weapons against civilians would not go unpunished.

Like Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, Macron has faced a domestic backlash for striking Syria without consulting the legislature, but he defended the move as well within his constitutional powers.

Fran├žois Delattre, the French ambassador to the United Nations, said France could not "let the genie of proliferation out of the bottle", adding that Damascus "reached the point of no return" in the April 7th attacks on Ghouta.

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