A UN chemical weapons expert gathers evidence in a Damascus suburb yesterday. Photograph: Ahmad Alshami

The United Nations said yesterday it would still be possible for a UN team of chemical weapons experts to gather the necessary evidence to investigate(...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius: Either we decide not to react, or we react, including in an armed manner, where the gas is produced and stocked. [But] we’re not there yet.” Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

By stating categorically that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against its own people, France has revived the debat(...)