France's Hollande faces calls for Parliament vote on Syria
PARIS (AP) - President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional authorisation for a military strike on Syria has sparked calls for the French Parliament to get the same privilege.
The French Constitution does not require such a vote unless and until a French military intervention lasts longer than four months, as recently happened in Mali.
President Francois Hollande has backed Mr Obama's call to punish Syria's government for a deadly chemical weapons attack on Aug 21.
Mr Francois Fillon, France's ex-prime minister and leading figure in the opposition UMP party, said on Sunday that Parliament should vote on the issue, telling the Journal du Dimanche newspaper: "In the current circumstances, France cannot go to war without the clear support of parliament."
France's Parliament is scheduled to debate the issue on Wednesday, but no vote is scheduled.