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France's Macron says he convinced Trump to stay in Syria long-term

France's Macron says he convinced Trump to stay in Syria long-term

"We convinced him that it was necessary to stay", Macron said during a two-hour televised interview with several French media outlets.

Saturday's strikes targeted three alleged chemical weapons facilities in response to what the West says was a gas attack on the town of Douma that killed dozens of people.

National Front leader Marine Le Pen tweeted that the strikes expose France to "unpredictable and potentially dramatic consequences", and criticized Macron for not taking an "independent" stance.

After a first phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that night, a series of painstaking daily meetings with defense and foreign affairs officials took place to check the authenticity of images and information coming from Syria.

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.

And in a reference to Trump's raging on Twitter at Russian Federation over the possibility of strikes, Macron added: "The second thing is that we have also convinced him that he must limit his strikes to chemical weapons, at a time when there was a media furore via tweet, as I'm sure you noticed".

Macron said France also convinced Trump that the strikes had to be limited to suspected chemical weapons sites.




He stated: "Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria".

In France, Macron is facing the worst labor unrest of his presidency so far, with strikes that halted two-thirds of French trains Saturday and weeks more of walkouts to come.

He reaffirmed that there was proof of chemical attacks, adding: "We had reached a point where these strikes were necessary to give back the (international) community some credibility".

"Of course they are complicit".

The French president nevertheless said he wanted to engage in dialogue with all parties involved, including Moscow, in order to find a political solution for Syria.

Macron said he had planned to travel to Turkey to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "They have not used chlorine themselves but they have methodically built the global community's inability to act through diplomatic channels to stop the use of chemical weapons", he said. "The Turks condemned the chemical weapons".

The prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, met this Sunday with highest parliamentary representatives to explain attack on Syria.