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French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 24 August 2013. Proof of chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime would require a 'reaction of force,' France said 22 August, as UN inspectors were in negotiations to access the site of an alleged poisonous gas attack near Damascus. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius ruled out ground intervention, but said 'here are ways of retaliating. Photo by Thaer Ganaim