France Investigating Syria's Alleged WMDs

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French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius attends the 'Friends of Syria' meeting in Amman, Jordan on May 22, 2013. The gathering seeks to discuss US-Russian proposal to hold a peace conference dubbed 'Geneva 2' to bring together rebels and representatives of Syrian President's regime. AFP PHOTO KHALIL MAZRAAWI (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

French officials say they are trying to verify whether Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons. "There is increasingly strong evidence of localized use of chemical weapons," said Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister, on Monday. "That must all be verified, we are doing that with other partners." Fabius made the comments after Le Monde newspaper announced it had first-hand knowledge that Syrian fighters used chemical weapons in Damascus against opposition forces. He also said France is consulting with its allies to figure out how it will deal with Syria if WMDs had, in fact, been used.