PARIS (AP) -- France's president plans to ask the U.N. to visit the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus.
Syrian opposition groups claim at least 100 people died today in a government offensive near Damascus, attacks in which some activists say regime troops used "poisonous gas." The government denied the reports.
Swedish chemical weapons expert Ake Sellstrom, who is heading a U.N. team in Syria, says the high numbers of killed and wounded being reported "sound suspicious."
The government denies reports its troops used chemical weapons, and calls the claims baseless.