France to triple presence in fight against Daesh

16 November 2015
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French President Francois Hollande promised that he will move to triple French forces in the Eastern Mediterranean and send the aircraft carrier Charles de-Gaulle to the region starting Thursday, while addressing the French parliament on the war that they have entered.

Hollande had said that the acts of Daesh (ISIS) on 13 November were acts of war and that that the country would be seeking the approval of the UN Security Council to increase their presence against the terrorist organisation.

He added that he will be meeting with US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin the coming days, to look at the options of unifying their forces against Daesh.

“Syria is the biggest factory of terrorism that the world has known,” Hollande said about Daesh, who had planned the attack from Syria and carried out them out through outposts in Belgium.

He asked for the parliament to move on passing these reforms that would allow the country to enter a state of emergency. Hollande asked that the Defence Minister also seek, along the lines of the European Union treaties, that other member-states show their solidarity in this fight. The treaties, he said, call that when another member is attacked the other countries must show their solidarity.

Hollande said that the country must act on measures that will allow the country to expel foreigners faster, especially those that present a danger.

The French President also announced the creation of a number of service posts to reinforce the domestic security.

He thanked that services that responded immediately to the events on Friday night, adding that “terrorism will not destroy the republic and long-live France”.

“We must continue to live and to influence the world,” Hollande said, in closing his speech. 

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