Hollande says evidence implicates Assad in chemical attacks
PARIS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said on Sunday that evidence indicated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime had carried out chemical weapons attacks on its own people last week.
Mr Hollande said there was "a body of evidence indicating that the August 21 attack was chemical in nature, and that everything led to the belief that the Syrian regime was responsible for this unspeakable act".
The French president called for UN weapons inspectors to be given access to suspect sites "without delay and without any restrictions whatsoever", in a statement released by his office after he held telephone talks on the situation in Syria with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
A separate statement issued after Mr Hollande held phone talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron said the two leaders "unreservedly condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria".