French President Francois Hollande meets with the Syrian Opposition Coalition President Ahmad Jarba, right, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Yoan Valat, Pool)
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French President Francois Hollande Tuesday stopped short of issuing a strong ultimatum on Syria's alleged recent use of chemical weapons, indicating the regime of President Bashar Assad should expect further sanctions and verbal condemnation should the accusations prove to be true.Hollande made the comments after a meeting in Paris with Ahmad Jarba, the head of Syria's opposition-in-exile National Coalition, one day after activists in Syria accused the regime of using chemical weapons in the province of Hama.Syrian opposition activists said forces loyal to Assad had dropped a chlorine bomb on a rebel-held village, killing a teenager, the sixth alleged poison gas attack there in two months.denies that forces loyal to Assad have used chlorine or other more poisonous gases and blames all chemical attacks on rebel forces.Syria did not declare chlorine as part of its stockpile, further complicating the operation to rid Assad of chemical weapons.
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