France's Hollande facing pressure for deputies to vote on Syria

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President Hollande backs Obama decision to get green light from Congress but now faces pressure to put the issue to French parliament.

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French President Francois Hollande reaffirmed to U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday his will to punish Syria for a suspected chemicals weapons attack but was under increasing pressure to put the intervention to parliament, reports Reuters.

Obama and Hollande spoke by telephone before Obama's statement that he would seek authorization from Congress before any strike.

"The president reaffirmed to him his determination to act to sanction the regime," a source close to Hollande said. "Each country's pace of action must above all be respected. It's important for the Americans to have the green light from Congress."

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