France wants action on Syria, hard left disagrees
As UN experts start a second day of investigation into the the Syrian government's alleged useof chemical weapons, France has called for a determined reaction. But hard-left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon on Tuesday said that military strikes against Bashar al-Assad's regime would be a "gigantic error".
The UK on Tuesday that it is drawing up contingency plans, although no response has yet been decided on.
French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday puty the blame squarely on the Syrian regime.
"What appears obvious now, from all the converging testimony, is that there was what I’m calling a chemical massacre," he told Europe 1 radio. "What is also clear is that this massacre came from the regime of Bashar al-Assad."
Fabius called for a "measured and proportional reaction".
"But we must react with determination and a clear head," he continued. "That is what will be decided in the coming days. All options are on the table. The only option I do not envisage is to not do anything."
But former Left Front presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon warned that military action could lead to war.
US leaders are "in the habit of using any argument to justify a military intervention", he added, but "this war must not take place".
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