France’s Hollande backs US on Syria action

The French president has said a vote by UK MPs against involvement in military strikes on Syria has not changed France’s resolve to take firm action.

Francois Hollande said all options were being considered, and that a strike within days was not ruled out, the BBC reports.

His comments came after US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Washington would continue to seek a coalition for possible military action.

Washington accuses Damascus of using chemical weapons, which it denies.

Meanwhile UN inspectors investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria are due to finish their work later on Friday and give their preliminary findings to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the weekend.

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