Daesh provoking France in worst possible way: Hollande
Iran Press TV
Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:22AM
French President Francois Hollande says the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group "is provoking" France in "the worst possible way," after the group released a propaganda video that purportedly shows their assailants sometime before the November attacks in Paris.
"Nothing will deter us, no threat will make France waver in the fight against terrorism," Hollande said in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The French president said, "These images only serve to discredit the perpetrators of this crime."
The 17-minute video that was published on the group's Telegram channel, describes the attackers as "lions" who "brought France to its knees."
Hollande further said Daesh "is provoking us in the worst possible way," adding that France and its allies are prepared to strike the Takfiri militants "again and again."
Nine member of Daesh carried out attacks in and around Paris on November 13. The assaults claimed the lives of some 130 people and wounded 350 others. Following the attacks, a state of emergency was imposed in the country, which has led to over 2,500 police raids and hundreds of arrests.
France also began military strikes against Daesh in Syria following the attacks. Paris has also sought alliances with other countries, including Russia, in the fight against the terrorist group.
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