Press Association 
Sept 3, 2012
France’s foreign minister has said western powers are preparing a tough response in case Syrian president Bashar Assad’s regime deploys chemical or biological weapons in its civil war.
Laurent Fabius said “our response … would be massive and blistering”.
Mr Fabius, speaking on RMC radio, said: “We are discussing this notably with our American and English partners.”
US president Barack Obama has said that if Mr Assad’s regime were to use chemical or biological weapons, this would be a “red line” issue.