A handout picture released by the Syrian presidency media office and made on September 2, 2013 shows President Assad
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Syria crisis: Assad warns France over intervention

France says the chemical attack near Damascus last month "could not have been ordered and carried out by anyone but the Syrian government".

A report presented to parliament by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says the assault on 21 August involved the "massive use of chemical agents".

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has again denied carrying out the attack, telling the French newspaper Le Figaro it would have been "illogical".

He also warned that foreign military action could ignite the "powder keg" of the wider region.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 02 Sep 2013
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