France persuaded Trump to strike in Syria, says Macron

Macron weighing his response to 'red line' violation by Syria

Macron weighing his response to 'red line' violation by Syria

Macron invited Trump to assist to Bastille day celebrations a year ago and will travel to Washington on a state visit later this month.

France has convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to "stay in Syria long-term" and to limit this weekend's strikes to chemical weapons sites, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday.

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".

Expressing pride in his own record of peace, former President Jimmy Carter has warned that President Donald Trump should steer clear of any military action involving Syria or other world hot spots and avoid a nuclear attack at all costs.

"I assure you, we have convinced him that it is necessary to stay for the long-term".

"I ordered the French armed forces to intervene as part of an global operation in coalition with the United States and the United Kingdom directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime".

After another series of calls, with Angela Merkel of Germany and again with Trump and Britain's Theresa May, Macron ordered his military to send Rafale warplanes to strike Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

"The military strike was necessary and appropriate in order to preserve the effectiveness of the global ban on the use of chemical weapons and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

It is the biggest intervention by Western powers against Assad in Syria's seven-year civil war, and Macron's first important military operation since his election in May last year.

He reaffirmed that there was proof of chemical attacks, adding: "We had reached a point where these strikes were necessary to give back the (international) community some credibility".

Macron said he hopes to bring Putin's Russian Federation and Erdogan's Turkey to the negotiating table in order to find a political solution for Syria.

At a meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), UK representative Peter Wilson said: "Russia has argued that the attack on Douma was somehow staged, or faked".

However, he said that Russian Federation had made itself complicit in the Syrian regime's actions.

"Of course they are complicit".

Macron had warmer words for Turkey.

Macron added that the strikes on Syria had been "perfectly carried out". A day after warning starkly that "missiles will be coming", Trump in another morning tweet wrote: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".