Posts Tagged ‘François Hollande’

Pentagon to increase number of US troops in Iraq; Carter discusses ‘accelerating’ ISIS campaign

(Media Release) The US plans to increase the number of troops in Iraq as it seeks to “accelerate” its campaign to “crush” Islamic State in the region, the Pentagon chief said. Ash Carter met with his French partner seeking ways to bring Arab states “in the game,” too. Aside from his bilateral meeting with his […]

Paris attacks: France mobilises 115,000 security personnel

(Media Release) France has mobilised 115,000 security personnel in the wake of Friday’s Paris attacks by Islamist militants, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said. Mr Cazeneuve said 128 more raids on suspected militants were carried out. French air strikes also hit Islamic State in Syria overnight. IS has said it carried out the attacks on bars, […]

German media: ‘End of the road’ for Greece

(Media Release) Greeks have rejected the referendum, but want to continue negotiating in the bailout row. After the celebration, both the government and the voters should face the harsh reality, German newspapers claim. After the overwhelming rejection of the cash-for-reforms proposal in Greece, Prime Minister Tsipras described the Sunday referendum as a “victory of democracy” […]

Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap

(Media Release) An agreement aimed at ending the fighting in Ukraine has been reached, following marathon talks in Belarus. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. The deal also includes weapon withdrawals and prisoner exchanges, but key issues remain to be settled. The pro-Russian rebels […]

Surrounded, Attackers Warn of Explosive End in Algeria

BAMAKO, Mali — A tense and confusing standoff developed Thursday between government forces and armed attackers holding dozens of hostages, including Americans and other foreigners, at an internationally managed gas field in Algeria. News reports said that some captives had escaped and others had been caught up in fighting. Other reports from news agencies in Algeria […]

Mali conflict: French troops fight Islamists in Diabaly

French troops have been fighting Mali‘s Islamist rebels in street battles in the town of Diabaly, Malian and French sources say. In the first major ground operation in the conflict, French special forces were fighting alongside Malian troops. Diabaly, 350km (220 miles) north of the capital Bamako, was captured by the rebels on Monday. France […]

World news: Nicolas Sarkozy says France has too many foreigners

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said there are too many foreigners in France and the system for integrating them is “working more and more badly”. In a TV debate, Mr Sarkozy defended his plan to almost halve the number of new arrivals if re-elected next month. Mr Sarkozy is trailing in the opinion polls behind […]

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