France does not anticipate launching any military operations in northern Syria that fall outside the international coalition’s fight against Islamic State, a French presidency source said on Friday.
France’s president on Thursday assured the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of Paris’ support to stabilise northeastern Syria against Islamic State, and Kurdish officials said he had committed to sending troops to the region.
President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict in violation of international treaties, but that he had not yet seen proof this was the case.
President Emmanuel Macron has said France no longer sees Bashar al-Assad’s departure as a pre-condition to resolving the Syrian conflict, ending his predecessor’s intransigent stance on the “Butcher of Damascus”.
President Emmanuel Macron said in remarks published on Wednesday that he saw no legitimate successor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and that France no
longer considered his departure a pre-condition to resolving the six-year conflict.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s comments that last week’s chemical weapons attack was a fabrication to justify a US military strike are “100 percent lies”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday.