Hollande calls on British to join Syria air strikes

French President François Hollande has appealed to British MPs to bomb ISIL despite protests against the air strikes campaign in the UK and Spain on Saturday.

Hollande calls on British to join Syria air strikes

World Bulletin / News Desk

French President Francois Hollande has urged British MPs to back an air campaign against ISIL in Syria, as thousands prepared to march on London Saturday to oppose the plans.

Hollande made the appeal after a tribute to the 130 victims of the Paris attacks, during which he vowed to destroy the "army of fanatics" behind the violence that rocked the French capital two weeks ago.

"On November 13, a day we will never forget, France was hit at its very heart,"Hollande told a sombre commemoration in the Invalides, the 17th-century complex housing Napoleon's tomb on Friday.

"To all of you, I solemnly promise that France will do everything to destroy the army of fanatics that committed these crimes," he said.

Speaking later at the Commonwealth summit in Malta, where he flew after the ceremonies in Paris, Hollande called on British lawmakers to support France's intervention in Syria.

"I can only call on all British members of parliament, in solidarity with France but, above all, conscious of the fight against terrorism, to approve this intervention," he said.

Hollande has already been backed by Germany, which has offered Tornado reconnaissance jets, a naval frigate, and 650 soldiers to relieve French forces in Mali.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Kasım 2015, 14:35
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