France said Wednesday it remains determined to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad over his regime's alleged use of chemical weapons, if diplomacy fails, and that a military strike was still possible.
Paris put forward a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on Tuesday setting out the terms for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and warning of "serious consequences" if it resisted, something that Russia has indicated it would not support.
"France remains determined to punish the use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad," government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told RFI radio. "The military option is indeed under consideration if the current diplomatic procedures fail. It is not a hypothetical threat."