​Syria strike by France put on hold by Obama, report says

French President Francois Hollande (pictured) was “shocked” when U.S. President Barack Obama informed him that he intended to seek Congressional approval for a strike on Syria, a new report says. Credit: Manuel Canevet via Wikimedia Commons.

 (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) French President François Hollande canceled an airstrike against Syrian targets scheduled for Aug. 31 at the last minute following a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama, the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur reported on Sunday.

According to the report, Hollande was “shocked” when Obama informed him that he intended to seek Congressional approval for the strike and requested that Hollande cancel the military campaign only a few hours before French jets were set to take off. The mission was reportedly planned by the French and U.S. presidents immediately following the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria.

“Everything led us to believe that the big day had arrived,” a French official told Le Nouvel Observateur.

Posted on September 30, 2013 .