French Front-Runner Macron Calls for Syria Intervention Under UN

French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron called for an intervention in Syria after a poison-gas attacked that killed scores of civilians and drew international condemnation.

“Yes a military intervention is necessary under the aegis of the Untied Nations,” Macron said Thursday on France 2 television. The candidate said that Russia should be involved in the plan and that it shouldn’t be assumed that Russia would us its Security Council veto to block action.

The U.S. signaled Thursday it may take action and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday’s attack, which outside groups said bore the hallmarks of sarin gas, “is a serious matter. It requires a serious response.”

Polls currently show Macron and National Front candidate Marine Le Pen roughly tied and in the lead for the April 23 first round of the French election, with the support of just under a quarter of voters. They also show that he would defeat Le Pen in the runoff ballot two weeks later.

Macron said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would eventually have to leave power.

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