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02/09/13: President Hollande is constitutionally able to order an attack without parliamentary approval.
French MPs are due to debate the issue in an extraordinary session of parliament on Wednesday. However, Mr Ayrault has ruled out a vote. www.bbc.co.uk...
Most French people do not want France to take part in military action on Syria and most do not trust French President Francois Hollande to do so, a poll showed on Saturday. www.reuters.com...
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".
10/07/2013: Evidence studied by Russian scientists indicates that a projectile carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin was most likely fired at Khan al-Assal by the rebels, Churkin pointed out.
“It was determined that on March 19 the rebels fired an unguided missile Bashair-3 at the town of Khan al-Assal, which has been under government control. The results of the analysis clearly show that the shell used in Khan al-Assal was not factory made and that it contained sarin,” he said.
Churkin added that the contents of the shell “didn’t contain chemical stabilizers in the toxic substance,” and therefore “is not a standard chemical charge.” The RDX - an explosive nitroamine commonly used for industrial and military applications - found in the warhead was not consistent with what the armed forces use. rt.com...
16/12/12: Last week, fighters from a group that the Obama administration has branded a terrorist organization were among rebels who seized the Sheik Suleiman military base near Aleppo, where research on chemical weapons had been conducted. Rebels are also closing in on another base near Aleppo, known as Safirah, which has served as a major production center for such munitions, according to U.S. officials and analysts. articles.washingtonpost.com...
paaphi: The UK’s political system does not have an all-powerful head of state, so issues of state are debated and voted on.
originally posted by: paraphi
No, the French President Hollande is not acting like a dictator; he’s acting like a President.
The republics removed their monarchies and replaced them with (er) a person with the powers of a monarch. The UK’s political system does not have an all-powerful head of state, so issues of state are debated and voted on.
This would be another reason why the UK’s parliamentary democracy is better than a republic. No disrespect to France and the US, but you should be more able to constrain the powers of your monarchs, ah sorry, presidents.