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The French president says he urged Trump to make limited strikes

PARIS French President

Emmanuel Macron

said Sunday he convinced his American counterpart,

Donald Trump,

not to free themselves from Syria and to limit disruptions to chemical weapons targets.

"Ten days ago, President Trump said the United States would unload from Syria. We convinced him that it was necessary to stay," Macron said in a television interview. "Secondly, we convinced [Mr. Trump] that the strike should be limited to chemical weapons."

The 40-year-old French president tries to claim his leadership in Syria when he meets criticism at home for France's participation in the strike. Over the weekend, opposition legislators said the strike was unjustified and France lost its independence by following the United States and the United Kingdom

Mr.. Macron's government has made efforts to motivate its commitment to the strikes against Syria. Within a few hours of launching missiles at Syrian targets on Saturday, France published a document that provided proof of which French security services ended "with great confidence" to

Bashar al-Assad s

The regime conducted the April 7 chemical attack that Saturday's strikes were a response.

Mr. Macron said the strikes took place within a strict international framework without declaring war on Assad and without causing any security damage to Russian forces.

"We have full international legitimacy to intervene," Mr Macron.

The French military played an important role in the strikes, deployed aircraft from bases around France and launched missiles from frigates in the Mediterranean. Mr Macron said the operation was a success.

"We have succeeded in the military operation because all the missiles that hit were hit their targets and the capacity to produce chemical weapons has been destroyed," said Macron.

Write to William Horobin at [email protected]

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