France will not act alone in Syria, PM to meet parliament heads

France will not act alone in Syria, PM to meet parliament heads
France's Interior minister Manuel Valls leaves after a Defence Council meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, August 28, 2013. France's President Hollande said on Tuesday that France stood ready to punish those behind a chemical attack on civilians in Damascus last week and would increase its military support to the Syrian opposition. The French parliament will hold an extraordinary session on September 4 to discuss the situation in Syria, government spokeswoman said.

PARIS - French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday France would not act alone in Syria but would await a decision by the US Congress on whether to launch an attack against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

"France can not go it alone," Valls told Europe 1 radio. "We need a coalition."

France's prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, is scheduled to meet with the heads of the two houses of parliament and the opposition on Monday to discuss the Syrian situation ahead of a parliamentary debate on Wednesday.

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