A day after France joined the United States and Britain in launching unprecedented strikes against regime targets, Macron yesterday insisted the intervention was legitimate and urged global powers to now push for a diplomatic solution to the brutal seven-year war.
In his interview, Macron said the U.S. would stay put.
He continued: "Their chemical weapons production capacities have been destroyed".
Saturday's strikes on Syria - in which the US, France and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting three chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on 7 April - were the first major military operation since Macron's election in May a year ago. "We convinced him to remain", he said, speaking in the majestic room of Chaillot National Theater, with the Eiffel Tower shining in the background".
Our response was limited to the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capacity.
And he further argued that the operation was legitimate despite not being sanctioned by the United Nations, retorting that under a 2013 United Nations resolution Syria was supposed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal.
"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria", Macron said.
Macron made the confession while appearing in a two-hour live broadcast on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart.
Upon being asked in the interview of Russia's condemnation of the Syria attack, which Moscow also called illegal, Macron said, "We have three members of the [United Nations] Security Council who have intervened".
"The President has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
She added: "In addition, we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region". There are no changes to his planned trip to Russian Federation next month, he said. In telephone calls with Trump, he also said he "persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets".
Paris. France will carry out more strikes against the Syrian regime if the "red line" is crossed again, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reports.
"This mandate is given democratically to the president by the people in the presidential election", he said.