Paris Attacks Were an ‘Act of War’ by ISIS, Hollande Says

Paris Attacks Were an ‘Act of War’ by ISIS, Hollande Says

President François Hollande called the attacks in Paris on Friday "an act of war." Photo of French President François Hollande during an inspection of the Guard of Honour at the Foreign Office in London, 10 July 2012. (Wikimedia Commons)
President François Hollande called the attacks in Paris on Friday “an act of war.” Photo of French President François Hollande during an inspection of the Guard of Honour at the Foreign Office in London, 10 July 2012. (Wikimedia Commons)

[NEW YORK TIMES]

PARIS — President François Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State for the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, as the death toll rose to 127 victims, with 300 others hospitalized, 80 of them in critical condition. He declared three days of national mourning, and said that military troops would patrol the capital. France remained under a nationwide state of emergency.

“It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” Mr. Hollande told the nation from the Élysée Palace, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”

Mr. Hollande did not specify what intelligence pointed to the militant group’s involvement. On Saturday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, but its claim could not be independently verified.

“France, because it was foully, disgracefully and violently attacked, will be unforgiving with the barbarians from Daesh,” Mr. Hollande said on Saturday, adding that France would act within the law but with “all the necessary means, and on all terrains, inside and outside, in coordination with our allies, who are, themselves, targeted by this terrorist threat.”

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