French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told local TV station TF1 on today that the decision to launch strikes against Syrian chemical weapons stocks was based on information collected by trusted NGOs, laboratories and the French intelligence services.
Le Drian said the information proved the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces in an attack on April 7.
"It's indeed a question of gas, chlorine gas, and undoubtedly also other kinds of gas," Le Drian said.
Le Drian cited previous use of chemical weapons during the seven-year Syrian civil war and asserted that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible.
"He is used to using chemical weapons," Le Drian said, adding: "For them it's become banal, but one had to put and end on it," he added.
Le Drian also stressed that the "huge operation" carried out by France, the UK and the US only targeted the "Syrian chemical arsenal" and not the Syrian army or its allies.