French President Francois Hollande vows to hit hard at Islamic State during his visit to India, following the latest IS video purporting to show the November 13 Paris attackers. Rough Cut – Subtitled (no reporter narration).
France’s Hollande vows to strike Islamic State after new video
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President Francois Hollande on Monday (January 25) said Islamic State was provoking France in the worst possible manner and that he was determined to carry out strikes against the group.
Hollande was reacting to questions about a video published on Sunday by the media centre of Islamic State (IS), purporting to show images and last statements of nine of the people who took part in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people on November 13.
Hollande told a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi that France will not back down and will continue to strike back at IS.
“We will never allow ourselves to be impressed. And these odious provocations amplify our resolution, which is also mine, to protect the French people, through the decisions that I have taken and confirmed, but also to strike, strike again this organisation which threatens us and kills our children,” Hollande said.
The video was uploaded to Islamic State’s official Telegram channel and showed some of the attackers wearing camouflage fatigues in a desert location, before the time of the Paris attacks.
Several of them were shown beheading hostages of the ultra-hardline militant group, a tactic it has frequently used.
On the night of November 13, nine men, split into three groups, attacked a sports stadium, a string of cafes and a concert hall. An arrest warrant has been issued for another man, Salah Abdeslam, who fled to Belgium the following day.
The attackers are identified in the video by noms de guerre referring to their nationalities – three French, four Belgians and two Iraqis.
In New Delhi, Hollande will be the guest of honour at India’s Republic Day parade on Tuesday (January 26), a sign of the deepening political and commercial ties between the two countries.