US and France will not 'tolerate' chemical weapons use

US and France have said that they could not "tolerate" chemical weapons being used in Syria. In a phone call to President Hollande, Mr Obama said that they want to send Assad a "strong message" over the use:

The two leaders agreed that the international community cannot tolerate the use of chemicals weapons and must hold the regime accountable and send a strong message that the use of chemical weapons is not acceptable.

The United States and France are close allies and friends, and we will continue to consult closely with France on Syria and other global security challenges.

– White House statement

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Arab League backs UN action

The Arab League has called for United Nations and international measures against Syria over the recent chemical weapons gas attack.