Prime Minister: France Won't Go It Alone in Syria

Opposition wants a UN security council vote


France will not launch a military assault against Syria by itself, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Wednesday, amid calls by French opposition leaders to put any action to a U.N. Security Council vote.

During a raucous two-hour parliamentary debate, French lawmakers argued about the wisdom of acting against Syria after President Obama decided to seek congressional approval for a U.S. strike. Allies of French President François Hollande accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of repeatedly using chemical weapons against his citizens and said that if the world did not respond with force, he would do so again.