France To Intensify Military Operations In Syria

French President says France is at war with ISIS and pledges to destroy them

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The French President Francois Hollande said that France will intensify its military operations in Syria, calling it “the biggest factory of terrorists the world has known.”

During his address to both houses of parliament, Hollande said France was committed to destroying the ‘cowards’ who carried out the Paris attacks.

The BBC reports:

He said he would table a bill to extend the state of emergency declared after the attacks for three months and would suggest changes to the constitution.

France’s military campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria will also intensify.

IS says it carried out the attacks on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium in which 129 people died.

Speaking during a joint session of both houses of parliament, Mr Hollande said the constitution needed to be amended as “we need an appropriate tool we can use without having to resort to the state of emergency”.

Mr Hollande said he would meet US President Barack Obama and Russian Vladimir Putin in the coming days to discuss action against the group.

He promised more resources for the security forces and said the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier would be sent on Thursday to bolster the military campaign against IS.

Meanwhile the British Labour party leader calls for a political settlement to solve the Syrian crisis instead, arguing that the targeting of ISIS by French air strikes would “probably not” make a difference. Jeremy Corbyn said we need to ask who is funding ISIS and who is providing safe havens for them…”you have to ask questions about the arms everyone has sold in the region.”