“On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line,” Macron told reporters in Paris on Tuesday. “Today, our agencies, our armed forces have not established that chemical weapons, as set out in treaties, have been used against the civilian population,” he said. “If any evidence is found, France will strike the places where chemical weaponry shipments “originate,” he stressed.
Macron’s new statements came amid a warning produced by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria about a possibly looming chemical “provocation” in the country. The Center received a tip from a resident of Serakab in Syria’s Idlib governorate. The source claimed that the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group brought some 20 chlorine canisters along with individual protection equipment to the village, while the White Helmets staged “first aid” drills with “local residents” who were supposedly suffering from poisoning. Such activity might indicate a new attempt to stage a chemical incident targeting civilians and then framing the Syrian government for it, the Center warned.