Will Macron enforce his 'red line' over Syria chemical attack?

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French president last year vowed airstrikes if pro-Assad forces clearly used chemical weapons

“Will Macron start his first war?” asked the Le Parisien newspaper as France studies how to react to the weekend’s poison gas attack in Douma, a rebel-heldtown on the outskirts of Damascus.

French front-page pictures of Syrian child victims of the attack, which is reported to have killed more than 40 people and affected hundreds, increased the pressure on the French president to act on his promise that proven chemical weapons use was a “red line” that would prompt French strikes on Syrian government forces, and that Paris was prepared to act alone.

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