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France: Syria strikes ‘not a prelude of war’ – French PM tells National Assembly

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe stated that the recent US-led airstrikes on Syria were not a prelude to war, speaking to the National Assembly in Paris on Monday.

“This intervention isn’t a prelude of war. We are not in a logic of escalation. We hit the chemical capacities of the regime and not the regime’s allies,” Philippe said.

He stated that France is not at war with Syria or President Bashar Assad but with the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS).

Head of the ‘France Insoumise’ party Jean-Luc Melenchon said that France had intervened “without proof” in a “country that is over 3,000 km away.”

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