French Foreign Minister Calls for Responding With "Force" if Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria is Confirmed

Adds that a decision could be made without the U.N. Security Council


France is seeking a reaction with "force" if a massacre in Syria involving chemical weapons is confirmed, its foreign minister has said.

"If it is proven, France's position is that there must be a reaction, a reaction that could take the form of a reaction with force," Laurent Fabius told BFM-TV.

"There are possibilities for responding," he said without elaborating.

He added that if the UN Security Council could not make a decision, one would have to be taken "in other ways".