French PM: No action on Syria gives Iran wrong message

Politicians in France have started to debate whether the country should take military action against Syria.

Opening the debate, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said taking no action over Syria's chemical weapons would send the wrong message over Iran's nuclear programme.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault speaking in the French parliament. Credit: APTN Direct

The debate will take place in both houses: the national senate and in the upper house known as the Congress National, but politicians are not expected to vote on the matter.


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