French President François Hollande said France is dedicated to “destroying” the Islamic State after the deadly attacks on Paris.
According to Express, President Hollande said, “Since the beginning of the year, this organisation has attacked Paris, Denmark, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Libya. Every single day they massacre and oppress people. That’s the reason why we need to destroy ISIS.”
“That’s something which involves the whole international community. I’ve asked for the UN security council to get together as soon as possible in order to mark a resolution for the joint will to fight terrorism.”
According to FT, “France is at war”, Hollande told a joint session of both houses of parliament at the Palace of Versailles. He also added that the constitution needed to be amended as “we need an appropriate tool we can use without having to resort to the state of emergency”.
Other measures he said would be undertaken were:
- Making it easier to strip dual nationals of their French citizenship if they are convicted of a terrorist offence, as long as this did not render them stateless
- 5,000 extra police posts in the next two years and no cuts in the defence budget
- Speeding up the deportation of foreigners who pose “a particularly grave threat to the security of the nation”
“We’re not engaged in a war of civilisations because these assassins do not represent any. We are in a war against jihadist terrorism which is threatening the whole world,” he said.
Parliamentarians gave Hollande a standing ovation before spontaneously singing the “Marseillaise” national anthem in a show of political unity.
In his address, Mr. Hollande reiterated his opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remaining in power but said, “our enemy in Syria is Daesh [IS]”.
Speaking in Turkey at the same time as Hollande, Obama called Friday’s attacks a “terrible and sickening setback”, but maintained that the US-led coalition was making progress.
“Even as we grieve with our French friends…we can’t lose sight that there has been progress,” Obama said at a G20 summit, ruling out sending in ground troops.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris on Monday evening to show support for “America’s oldest friend” against what he called “psychopathic monsters”.
President Hollande also asked the United States and Russia to join a global alliance to destroy the Islamic State.