France says it has proof Assad carried out chemical attack that killed 86

Bethan McKernan

France's foreign minister has said that the French intelligence services have provided proof that the Syrian government was behind the alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held village which left scores dead.

It is thought 86 people died in the April 4 incident, which British and Turkish scientists determined involved both sarin gas - a nerve agent - and chlorine.

Jean-Marc Ayrault made the comments to media on Wednesday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly denied his government still has chemical weapons stocks.

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