French were 'hours' from military strikes on Syria before phone call from Obama

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'Stunned' French president François Hollande called off military attack after US president said he was to seek Congress approval.

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French President Francois Hollande called off military strikes against Syria on 31 August following a phone call from the US President only hours before fighter jets were set to take off, a French weekly magazine has revealed, reports The Independent.

The report in the Nouvel Observateur shows how close the West came to launching a war on Syria over the Syrian regime’s presumed use of chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb, before Washington backed down.

President Obama announced in a televised speech on 31 August, after informing a “stunned” Mr Hollande, that he would seek a Congressional vote, effectively lifting the military threat.

Read more of this report from The Independent.

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