24 September 2013 - Interview of Mr François Hollande, President of the Republic, with Mrs Christiane Amanpour for CNN

24 September 2013 - Interview of Mr François Hollande, President of the Republic, with Mrs Christiane Amanpour for CNN

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President Hollande and Christiane Amanpour (CNN)

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST: Mr. President, welcome to New York. Welcome to our programme. Thank you for joining me.

PRES. FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, FRANCE (through translator): Thank you for your invitation

AMANPOUR: France was very proactive, calling for Assad to step down, even agreeing — you agreed to go militarily to deal with the horror of the chemical attack of August 21st. What is your reaction now that the U.S. didn’t go, the British and the U.S. decided to turn it over to their elected parliaments and they didn’t get the — the go-ahead. But you were prepared to go. Do you think there should have been punishment for the attack on August 21st, the chemical attack?

HOLLANDE: France was ready. I said it — as I said, to punish, to sanction the Syrian regime, given that they used chemical weapons and it is because there was this pressure from the U.S. and France that the Russians took the initiative to look for an agreement. This agreement has been found. It now enables us to consider the different solutions, different than the military solution that we considered. This solution is a resolution for the U.N. Security Council in the coming days that should enable us to implement the agreement found between the U.S. and the Russians on this issue of chemical weapons that is the destruction of the chemical stockpiles.

AMANPOUR: Should there be a military component? Should it be enforceable by military action if they don’t comply? Will France go for a military component to the resolution?

HOLLANDE: A resolution without sanctions whatsoever, a resolution that would not consider any answer to a breach by the Syrian regime in terms of the control and the destruction of chemical weapons, this would have no scope whatsoever, no punch. So France is looking for a resolution that must be binding, enforceable so in case of a breach, we can go back to the Security Council and allow it to take sanctions. So, yes, a resolution, a quick one, yes, we would like the agreement between the U.S. and the Russians to be translated, this agreement in order to destroy chemical weapons, but with a requirement — a requirement for a sanction in case of breach.

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