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Syria: why did Obama call on Congress?

Now that the UK has voted down intervention in Syria and Barack Obama has elected to also brave the risk of a "no vote" by his own war-weary lawmakers, French politicians are left ruing their own constitution and the president's steadfast refusal to call a vote in parliament.

  • William JORDAN. Former US State Department Official;
  • Arnaud DANJEAN. French MEP, Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Chair of Subcommittee on Security and Defence (from Brussels);
  • Laurent PINSOLLE. Spokesperson, "Debout La Republique";
  • Douglas HERBERT. International Affairs Editor, France 24;
  • Anne NIVAT. Independent war reporter.

Produced by François Picard, Anelise Borges, Mary Colombel and Christopher Davis.

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