Insisting that the strikes were legitimate, Macron hailed the operation targeting Syrian chemical weapons facilities as a military success. "We convinced him to remain", French President Emmanuel Macron said live on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart.
At the same time, Maron said that Paris hasn't declared a war on Damascus, despite the participation in anti-Syrian strikes.
"I assure you, we have convinced him that it is necessary to stay for the long-term", Macron told veteran journalists Jean-Jacques Bourdin and Edwy Plenel.
Limiting the strikes to these specific targets was not necessarily Trump's initial plan, Macron said.
"I have ordered the French army to intervene tonight as part of the worldwide operation in coalition with the USA and Britain directed against the secret chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime", he said.
A day after France joined the United States and Britain in launching aggression on Syria, Macron insisted the intervention was "legitimate" and urged worldwide powers to push for a diplomatic solution to the seven-year war.
French President Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting as part of the joint airstrike operation by the British, French and US militaries in this picture obtained on April 14, 2018 via social media.
That acknowledged that Syria had crossed a red line that Mr Macron set a year ago promising French military action if the use of gas was confirmed.
"We cannot tolerate the trivialization of the use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security", Macron added.
He also claimed France was the most active country in the diplomatic arena and at the United Nations, and said his country wanted to include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey in a new diplomatic initiative to find a sustainable political solution in Syria.
"This action was proportionate and targeted, it was not aimed at (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad's allies nor at the civilian population", Le Drian said in a televised statement.
Commenting further on the issue, Macron said that the Western strikes had split Turks from Russian Federation in Syria, as Ankara has approved the attack.
In a phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the weekend, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said any further strikes by the United States in Syria could lead to "chaos in worldwide relations", according to a statement from the Kremlin.
Pointing to the overnight strike, another advisor to Macron said: "This is proof today that the political line he drew at the start of his mandate was meant to be respected".