France urging Russia to join push for political solution in Syria after US-led strikes

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France is urging Russia to join a push for a political solution in Syria after joint US, French and British attacks on Syrian chemical weapons sites.

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin hold a joint press conference at the Palace of Versailles.

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin hold a joint press conference at the Palace of Versailles.

Source: Associated Press

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview published Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that "we should join our efforts to promote a political process in Syria that would allow a way out of the crisis".

France has continued to talk regularly with Russia even as East-West tensions have grown.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, hours before the Western missile strikes.

Western countries blamed Syria's government for a chemical attack on a rebel-held area earlier this month that killed more than 40 people.

The Syrian government and its ally Russia denied the allegations.

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