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France: Syria Regime Behind Gas Attack 04/26 06:24

   PARIS (AP) -- France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that the chemical 
analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this 
month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it 
was responsible for the deadly assault.

   According to Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, France came to this 
conclusion after comparing samples from a sarin attack in Syria from 2013 that 
matched the new ones. The findings came in a 6-page report published Wednesday.

   The Kremlin promptly denounced the French report, saying the samples and the 
fact the nerve agent was used are not enough to prove who was behind it. Assad 
has repeatedly denied that his forces used chemical weapons and claimed that 
myriad evidence of a poison gas attack is made up.

   But Ayrault said France knows "from sure sources" that "the manufacturing 
process of the sarin that was sampled is typical of the method developed in 
Syrian laboratories."

   "This method bears the signature of the regime and that is what allows us to 
establish its responsibility in this attack," the top French diplomat added, 
saying that France is working to bring those behind the "criminal" atrocities 
to international justice.

   France's Foreign Ministry said that blood samples were taken from a victim 
in Syria on the day of the attack in the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun 
in Idlib province on April 4 in which more than 80 people were killed.

   Environmental samples, the Fren


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