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France in support of military strike on Syria

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French President Francois Hollande (R) and German President Joachim Gauck attend a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris
French President Francois Hollande (R) and German President Joachim Gauck attend a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France continues to rally support for a punitive military strike against the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. President François Hollande has urged France’s European partners to support military strikes in response to a chemical weapons attack on 21 August in Damascus, allegedly perpetrated by the regime. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is to address parliament on Wednesday during a discussion on the French response – which will not end in a vote. But not all lawmakers back Hollande’s call for a military intervention. Paul Quilès, a former MP, who served as Defense Minister under the previous Socialist government, told RFI he is wary of a military intervention.