France: Response to Syria chemical arms use would be huge

By REUTERS
September 3, 2012 17:41

PARIS - Any use of chemical or bacterial weapons by government forces in Syria would trigger a "massive and lightning fast" response from the West, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.

"We talk about this, in particular with our American and British partners, and follow it closely on a day-to-day basis.

"Our response ... would be massive and lightning fast," Fabius told BFM television, saying chemical weapons were a "big, big risk" in the Syrian crisis.

Paris and Washington have said that despite the deadlock at the United Nations Security Council over taking firm action to stem the crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad's army on a 17-month-old uprising, the use of chemical weapons would be justification for a military intervention.


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