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France has 'information' Assad regime using chemical weapons: Hollande

Published on Apr 20, 2014 7:51 PM
 
Journalist Didier Francois (Right), former hostage, reacts as he talks to French President Francois Hollande moments after a transfer by helicopter from Evreux to the military airbase in Villacoublay, near Paris, April 20, 2014. France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday.

"We have a few elements of information but I do not have the proof," Mr Hollande said in a radio interview after he was asked about reports that Mr Assad was currently using chemical weapons.

"What I do know is what we have seen from this regime is the horrific methods it is capable of using and the rejection of any political transition," he told the Europe 1 radio station.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the same radio station there were "indications, which have yet to be verified, that there have been recent chemical attacks".

 
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