France was ready to launch strike on Syria chemical sites

Posted Sep 29, 2013 by Paul Iddon
France was ready and had scheduled to strike Syria's chemical weapons sites at 3am on September 1 before Obama decided to get approval from Congress to take military action.
French air force Rafale fighter jets
French air force Rafale fighter jets
The Jerusalem Post reports that French President Francois Hollande called off the strike on August 31. This was according to a report which quoted the French newspaper Nouvel Observateur.
Mr. Hollande had already made most of the preparations to launch the strike and was ready to justify the actions he was taking to the French people.
Rafale fighter jets armed with Scalp cruise missiles were readied to strike targets in western Syria, including the capital Damascus. The jets were going to use international airspace when launching the attack as it was reasoned attacking from Turkish air space could see to Syria retaliating by striking Turkey.
One French official was quoted as saying that, "Everything made us think that D-Day had arrived."
As Ynet News reports Hollande was “stunned” when Obama called him mere hours before the planned attack was to go ahead and told him he was going to first ask Congress before taking any action himself. The French president was even said to have gone as far as to try and convince his American counterpart to reconsider doing such a thing and go ahead with military action like he said he would.