PARIS, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- The French government refused to hold a special lawmakers' vote on possible strike on Syria despite growing opposition's calls to seek parliament's approval before any action, the parliament's foreign affairs head said Monday.
"In a complicated situation like this, we need to stick to principles, to the constitution, which does not oblige the president to hold a vote, nor even a debate...I don't see that holding a vote would make any sense politically, " Elisabeth Guigou, the head of parliament's foreign affairs committee, told France Info radio.
A positive parliament vote would force France to intervene alone in Syria if the U.S. congress will block President Barack Obama to take part in such operation to punish Syrian authorities for alleged gas attack.
"France cannot act alone. To give an intervention legality it would need to be carried out by a broad coalition," Guigou stressed.
Over the weekend, many political figures from the conservative UMP party and the centrists urged the ruling Socialist government to hold a parliament vote on wether Paris will participate in the intervention.
"Like the U.S. president, who decided to consult the U.S. Congress in the name of democratic principles, the French president must organize, after the debate, a formal vote in parliament," said former ecology minister Jean-Louis Borloo.
Under France's Constitution, President Francois Hollande who is also head of the army can order any military action , but has to inform the parliament within three days of its starting.
Lawmakers' vote will be compulsory if the operation would last more than four months.