Hollande has called for immediate sanctions against Assad in wake of chemical weapons attack
The attack, carried out last month, sparked international outrage and was allegedly carried out by the ruling regime on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Mr Hollande called for a reaction by the international community “commensurate” with the war crime.
It added that France had tried to “punish” Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in August 2013 after an alleged regime-led gas attack killed more than 1,000 civilians.
But the statement said the despotic leader had “continued to act with impunity” because the UK and the US had at the time “refused to intervene” militarily.
Mr Hollande also called for additional sanctions against the Assad regime and against “anyone who supports it”.
He said: “A Security Council resolution to impose UN sanctions on Mr al-Assad must be signed as soon as possible. An inquiry into Tuesday’s attack must also be launched so that the appropriate sanctions may be imposed.”
The outgoing French president François Hollande accused the Syrian government of war crimes
The Socialist leader added that France had been denouncing the Assad regime for “years,” before stating that the government’s allies were guilty of war crimes.
The regime’s allies must know that they are complicit in war crimes
He said: “Those who choose to turn a blind eye to the regime’s brutality are Mr al-Assad’s accomplices. They have allowed the Syrian government to go unpunished, and have let Mr al-Assad’s planes drop bombs on civilians.
Mr Hollande added that France had been denouncing the Assad regime for years
"The regime’s allies must know that they are complicit in war crimes.”
French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also bitterly condemned the massacre, and said that the Syrian president would eventually be tried for war crimes.
He said: “A day will come when an international court will give its verdict on Bashar al-Assad, who is slaughtering his own people.
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The Syrian leader has been accused of using chemical weapons on his own people
“These crimes must not go unpunished. In any case, there are investigations, United Nations commissions… there will be a war crimes trial.”
The US, France and Britain on Tuesday proposed a UN Security Council to condemn the chemical weapons attack, which was swiftly vetoed by pro-Assad Russia.
Mr Ayrault added: “It's difficult because up until now every time we have presented a resolution, there has been a veto by Russia and sometimes by China… but we must cooperate because we need to stop this massacre.”