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France: we still plan Syria action

French President Francois Hollande says his country can go ahead with plans to strike Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons despite the British parliament's failure to endorse military action. But Germany says it has no plans to join any military action.

"The chemical massacre of Damascus cannot and must not remain unpunished," Mr Hollande said in an interview with the newspaper Le Monde, published on Friday.

He reiterated that France wants a "proportional and firm action" but said when asked about the type of intervention that "all options are on the table."

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin that "we haven't considered any German military participation and still aren't doing so".

His comments follow an interview Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle gave to the daily Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung in which he said Germany hadn't been asked to contribute to military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad following the alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds of civilians last week.

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