French President Francois Hollande vowed that France will destroy the Islamic State after its deadly attack in the capital of Paris claiming 148 lives in the process. Hollande promises to create a bill that would extend France’s state of emergency for three months after the attack. He also promises reforms in the French constitution.
- 5,000 extra police posts in the next two years and no new cuts in the defence budget
- Making it easier to strip dual nationals of their French citizenship if they are convicted of a terrorist offence, as long as this did not render them stateless
- Speeding up the deportation of foreigners who pose “a particularly grave threat to the security of the nation”
- Pushing for greater European action against arms trafficking and greater penalties for it in France
Immediately, France sent out warplanes into Iraq and Syria to bomb IS targets, many of which include a command centre and shipping area.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for simultaneous bombing attacks in six different Parisian sites, including attacking a concert hall that claimed 129 lives.
UN ‘Minute of Silence’
The UN Security Council held a minute of silence for the victims of the Paris attack and terrorism worldwide.
In Beirut, about 43 people died after a suicide bomber detonated himself before the Paris attacks.
About 15 individuals remain unidentified after the Paris attacks.