PARIS — French President Francois Hollande expressed readiness Friday to push ahead with plans to strike Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons despite the British parliament's rejection of military action. Washington also was preparing for the possibility of a strike against the Damascus regime within days.
"The chemical massacre of Damascus cannot and must not remain unpunished," Hollande said in an interview with the newspaper Le Monde, published Friday, as U.N. experts in Damascus began what is expected to be the last day of their probe into the alleged attack.
The French president reiterated that France wants a "proportional and firm action." When asked about the type of intervention, however, he said "all options are on the table."
Germany: No plans to join Syria military action
The German government said Friday that it isn't considering joining military action against Syria and hasn't been asked by others to do so.
Berlin has called for the international community to take a "clear position" after the alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds of civilians in Syria last week, but has left open what exactly that might entail.
Germans are generally wary of military action and Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is treading carefully ahead of Sept. 22 elections. Polls have suggested that a majority of voters oppose German participation in any strike against Syria.
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