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Macron defends Syria strikes in EU debate

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French on Tuesday put up a fervent defence of his decision to join a tripartite airstrike campaign in as punishment for the regime's alleged use of

made the remarks as he participated in a debate at the in the eastern French city of when he touched upon the strikes conducted by France, the UK and the on the night of April 13 that led to a controversy in western and sparked anti-war protests, reports news.

"If you believe in multilateralism, if you believe in the force of law and of what is right, then at some point in time you have to decide that you cannot simply cave to the cynicism of those who do not support that," said the French

The airstrikes against alleged factories in came in response to an attack on the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma on April 7 that killed at least 70 people, including 40 apparently showing symptoms consistent with those triggered by exposure to

Harrowing images of dead and dying children in Douma, which at the time was under rebel control although it has since been recaptured by forces loyal to with the help of Russian firepower, spread quickly on

clarified that no member of the international coalition, a framework already engaging the Islamic State group in Syria, had declared war on Assad and insisted that the right to take action against the use of had been adopted by all members of the

He lamented that had blocked the from sanctioning action against Assad's facilities on previous occasions that was allegedly used in the war-torn nation.

"We need to stand up, we need to defend our rights, what are we going to say? Our rights just for us, our principals just for us, reality for everyone else? No, no."

He reiterated that the precision airstrikes on caused no human casualties but had wiped out three

Syria and its main allies and denied any involvement in the Douma attack.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 18:30 IST