FRANCE (OBSERVATORY) – French government spokesman Benjamin Greco said his country would respond if forces supporting the Syrian government proved to have carried out a chemical attack on Douma.
“The president has repeatedly said that if the red line goes beyond the red line, it will lead to a response,” he said.
The French Defense Ministry said France had 12 fighter jets at a distance that would allow it to strike. It was based in bases in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. It could also launch raids from France itself and have a frigate in the Mediterranean that could launch cruise missiles.
French President Emmanuel Macron warned that the use of chemical weapons in murder was a “red line” that could provoke France’s reaction, even if it was unilateral.