Syria operation legitimate, within global community framework: France's Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron talks with TF1 news anchorman Jean Pierre Pernaut after interview in classroom at a primary school in Berdhuis west of Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron talks with TF1 news anchorman Jean Pierre Pernaut after interview in classroom at a primary school in Berdhuis west of Paris

"Please be reassured we've convinced him that we had to stay on in the long-term", Macron said.

"Their chemical weapons production capacities have been destroyed", Macron told BFM television at the start of a two-hour interview marking nearly a year since the start of his presidency.

The three allies joined forces for the missile strikes a week after a deadly attack on the town of Douma where civilians were hit with chlorine and sarin, according to the Western powers.

The intervention on Friday night to Saturday was "legitimate in multilateral framework", said Macron.

While it is unusual for a French president to present himself as driving United States policy on military matters in the Middle East, Macron and Trump have developed a friendly relationship over the past year.

It has been revealed that French President Emmanuel Macron persuaded President Donald Trump not to pullout US 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.

François Delattre, the French ambassador to the United Nations, said France could not "let the genie of proliferation out of the bottle", adding that Damascus "reached the point of no return" in the April 7th attacks on Ghouta. "We also persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons after things got a little carried away over tweets", he added.

"Ten days ago president Trump wanted the United States of America to withdraw 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.

However, he repeatedly warned the Syrian government that he would intervene military if alleged use of chemical arms would be proved.

Macron added that Russian Federation, which backs Assad politically and militarily, had paved the way for the Syrian government's actions.

On Thursday, sitting in a primary school in Normandy where he was giving his first TV interview in months, Macron said France now had proof the Syrian government had been involved. "With those strikes we have separated the Russians and the Turks on this".

However, Mr Macron said that by joining forces with France and the United Kingdom for last Saturday's air strikes, the U.S. "fully realised that our responsibility went above and beyond the war against IS, and that it was a humanitarian responsibility as well on the ground".

Like Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, Macron has faced a domestic backlash for striking Syria without consulting parliament, but he defended the move as well within his constitutional powers.

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