France says 'ready to punish' Syria for alleged gas attack
PARIS (AFP) - President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that France was "ready to punish" those behind last week's alleged deadly chemical attack in Syria, adding that the conflict threatens "world peace".
"France is ready to punish those who took the vile decision to gas innocent people," he said in a televised speech, pointing the finger of blame at President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Syria's opposition says more than 1,300 people died when toxic gases were unleashed last Wednesday as regime forces bombarded rebel zones east and south-west of Damascus.
But the Syrian regime has angrily denied being behind the alleged attack.