France convinced U.S. to 'stay in Syria': Macron

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Macron said officials helped narrow the president's focus for potential strikes after he had "gotten a little carried away over tweets", Reuters reported.

Macron said that failing so far to get the red lines respected had led Russian authorities to think of Western powers that "these people from the worldwide community - they are nice, they are weak".

It has been revealed that French President Emmanuel Macron persuaded President Donald Trump not to pullout USA soldiers in Syria to enable him launch airstrikes as punishment for the Bashar al-Assad led-government for an alleged chemical weapons attack on his people.

"I assure you, we have convinced him that it is necessary to stay for the long-term", he told his interviewers.

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw form Syria.' We convinced him it was necessary to stay", Macron said in an interview with French media, according to Reuters.

Political opponents had criticized Macron for drawing a red line over chemical attacks after the unfortunate precedent set by former U.S. President Barack Obama, who had put himself in a tough spot with a similar ultimatum in 2012. Macron invited Trump to assist to Bastille day celebrations previous year and will travel to Washington on a state visit later this month.

The US, UK and French strikes must "restore the absolute ban on chemical weapons, which is engraved in the marble of global conventions", Mr Delattre said.

Macron added that Russian Federation, which backs Assad politically and militarily, had paved the way for the Syrian government's actions. "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.

He said that in order to find a lasting solution in Syria, "we need to talk with Iran, Russia and Turkey". There are no changes to his planned trip to Russian Federation next month, he said. "We can not tolerate the banalisation of the use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security".

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

Trump's complete lack of philosophical coherence is part of the reason Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May face fury from both their left and right for supporting Trump's air strikes.

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