French president tells the Russian leader that use of chemical weapons in the conflict would lead to immediate response, while urging cooperation over Isis

Emmanuel Macron, the new French president, has warned that France would respond immediately to any use of chemical weapons in Syria, while urging a closer partnership with Russia in fighting Islamic State (Isis) in the country.

“A very clear red line exists on our side – that is the use of chemical weapons by whomever,” Macron said at a joint news conference in at the Palace of Versailles after his first meeting with the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin.

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