In the latest interview, the French President Emmanuel Macron has revealed that it was France who convinced President Donald Trump to stay in Syria and launch airstrikes for an alleged chemical weapons attack.
The French leader appeared live on a local television network nearly a year into his term.
The 40-year-old leader said the US, Britain, and France had full international legitimacy to intervene with the strikes to enforce international humanitarian law.
The allies fired missiles on Saturday at three chemical-weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma.
“It was retaliation, not an act of war,” Macron justifed the operation a day before the French parliament was set to debate it.”
“Ten days ago President Trump wanted the United States of America to withdraw from Syria. We convinced him to remain.”
“France now wants to involve Western powers, Russia and Turkey in a new diplomatic initiative to find a sustainable political solution in Syria.”
The Prez also offered to play the role of intermediary between the US and Russia.
The relationship between the two countries has been on edge over the chemical-weapons attack and amid allegations that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. 2016 presidential election.
Macron will make a state visit to the US next week and is scheduled to travel to Russia next month.
On the domestic front, Macron defended his strategy to inject vitality into the economy by trimming guarantees for workers despite simmering anger over his labor law changes and tax cuts for businesses and the rich. In the interview that lasted for 2 hours and 40 minutes, he also spoke his policies are aimed at making the country more competitive globally, and the society more “flexible.”