Assad’s denial of chemical attack is ‘100% lies’ : French FM

Jean-Marc Ayrault
Jean-Marc Ayrault

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s comments that last week’s chemical weapons attack was a fabrication to justify a US military strike are “100 percent lies”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc c said Friday.

“It’s 100 percent lies and propaganda,” Ayrault said during a visit to Beijing, responding to an exclusive AFP interview with Assad on Wednesday.

“It’s 100 percent cruelty and cynicism.”

The French minister mirrored language used by Assad himself, who dismissed the allegation that his regime perpetrated the attack that left 87 civilians dead, including many children.

“Definitely, 100 percent for us, it’s fabrication,” Assad said in the interview.

The Syrian leader questioned whether the attack had in fact occurred, claiming that “fake videos” and “propaganda” were being used against his government.

He also accused the United States of colluding with terrorists and “fabricating the whole story in order to have a pretext” for a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base last week.

The French minister made the remarks during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

“The reality is that more than 300,000 have died, 11 million people have been displaced or become refugees, tens of thousands have been placed in Syrian prisons and a country has been destroyed,” Ayrault said.

“That is the reality. It is not a fantasy.”

He emphasised the need for an end to the conflict with a “real ceasefire, one which restricts the Syrian air force and military and is upheld by the international community.”

Ayrault praised China’s role in the matter, noting its abstention from a United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution to condemn the Syrian gas attack.

In the past, China has voted alongside Russia to veto UN resolutions on the Syrian conflict.

Wang expressed his agreement with the French minister, noting that an “independent, fair and professional investigation” into the chemical weapons attack should be conducted “as soon as possible.”



18 responses to “Assad’s denial of chemical attack is ‘100% lies’ : French FM”

  1. Bashar al-Assad still has ‘hundreds of tonnes’ of chemicals stockpiled, former Syrian weapons research chief claims

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      and? Israel has stockpiles of Nukes, Phosphorus, and cluster bombs.

      1. not chemical crap. Israel can defend itself, something wrong? And it is not against own people, not for civil war, Hannibal. You are forget UAVs, F35, Mercava, Happy Passover for you

        1. Niemals Avatar

          There is something wrong with Hannibals brain if he justifies Bashar al-Assad slaughtering of his own people.

          Israel might have stockpiles of Nukes, missiles, bunker-busting bombs and phosphorus, but the right nationalist Netanyahu is not using it against his own people.

          1. Netanyahu is centrist i think

          2. Niemals Avatar

            What ever.
            I dislike this self-contented Netanyahu ????.

          3. Niemals Avatar

            I don’t get it, how come that the Israelis don’t get rid of this leader that cause them more harm than good.

          4. Hannibal Avatar

            You’d rather have him slaughtering your people?

          5. Niemals Avatar

            Read again your own comment and tell me how Bashar al-Assad can slaughter people in the European Union?

          6. Hannibal Avatar

            Happy Easter Niemals!

          7. Hannibal Avatar

            I love the birth and the resurrection. Spring is good and after the winters of New England it’s always welcome. 81 degrees out and we’re heading out to celebrate Easter. I do hope you have a happy holiday. When I visit Germany (I often go twice in a year) I go to the medieval villages around Lake Constance near Uberlingen and visit the old chapels. They are glorious.

  2. Show the evidence du con.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      Happy Easter Omega!

      1. You as well. Happy Easter compatriot.

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