French President Hollande calls for grand coalition against ISIL
Nov 17, Paris: French President Francois Hollande has said that he wanted to extend the state of emergency for three months. He also called for a global coalition to eradicate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group following the deadly attacks in Paris.
Speaking to members of the French parliament at the Palace of Versailles on Monday evening, Hollande said that he would meet US President Barack Obama and Russia's Vladimir Putin to unite the forces to achieve a result that has taken too long.
ISIL claimed responsibility via statements and videos for Friday's attacks that killed at least 129 people and wounded hundreds more in the French capital.
He said he had ordered air strikes on headquarters of ISIL in the Syrian town of Raqqa overnight and would continue to wage war "mercilessly", sending an aircraft carrier to triple French air power in the region, according to Al Jazeera news report. The strikes were carried out in coordination with the US.
The US and Russia are conducting separate campaigns in Syria, but Russia's has focused largely on Syrian rebels not aligned with ISIL.
Hollande said France wanted more effective controls of the EU's external borders to avoid a return to national border controls and the dismantling of the 28-nation EU, Reuters news agency reported.
The Oslo Times