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Hollande Addresses Parliament

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President François Hollande has arrived to make a rare address to the joint upper and lower houses of parliament at the Palace of Versailles, just outside Paris.




France is at war.

They are the work of a jihadist army fighting us because France is a country of freedom, because France is the homeland of human rights.

France is not engaged in a war of civilisations because those assassins don’t represent a civilisation.

Our democracy has triumphed before over adversaries that were much more formidable than these cowards.



We remember the innocents who died as they were mowed down by armed gunmen in the streets of Paris and in its suburbs.

We think of the hundreds of young people, young boys and girls who have been traumatised by the attacks. Some are still fighting for their lives.


The Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier will set sail on Thursday.

The sponsors of the attack in Paris must know that their crimes further strengthens the determination of France to fight and to destroy them.

We must do more. Syria has become the largest factory of terrorists the world has ever known.


Hollande says he will meet with US and Russian leaders to discuss pooling their efforts to destroy the Islamic State, and calling for a united and strong coalition.


Hollande says Frances demands a rapid implementation of “co-ordinated and systematic controls” of the EU’s internal and external borders.

If Europe does not control its external borders, then it’s back to national borders.

This would be the dismantling of the European Union.


France will extend state of emergency by three months

Hollande says he will table a bill to extend the state of emergency in France by three months, and said the French constitution must be amended for crisis situations.

The constitution must allow dual citizens to be stripped of their French citizenship and barred from the country if they are a terrorism risk, he said.

Foreigners who present a security risk must be expelled faster, he added.


The French president is now announcing more funding for police and defence.

He said security and armed forces must have more means at their disposal.

No job cuts in the military will occur until at least 2019 and 5,000 new police jobs will be created within two years.

Security measures will increase spending, he said, but security is more important than EU spending rules.


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