French President Francois Hollande, on 17 November, said that, France wishes to join forces with the United States (US) and Russia to annihilate Islamic State (IS).
The US and Russia need to sink policy divisions over Syria and “fight the terrorist army in a single coalition”, he added.
Addressing a joint session in Palace of Versailles, Hollande said, “The faces of the dead, of the wounded and of the families do not leave me. I want to combat terrorism, but don’t want the savages to disfigure the city. France’s soul should never be soiled.”
As authorities across the world endeavoured to identify those responsible for the Paris terror attacks, France and allies, meanwhile, observed a minute’s silence in the memory of those killed, and wounded in the Paris attacks.
Hollande said, he would present a bill, on 18 November, for extending the state of emergency, thereby granting the police and military greater powers of search and arrest, and empower local governments to stop demonstrations, along with imposing curfew for another three months.
In neighbouring Belgium, the base for many of 13 November’s attackers, the police came up empty handed after rounding up the alleged suspected hideout of the driver for the attackers.
Earlier today, thousands of people clutched one another’s hands outside some of the venues targeted by terrorists on 13 November. In a symbolic move, the Eiffel Tower reopened to tourists after a two-day shutdown.
As darkness fell, the tower was lit up in red, white and blue colours of the French flag along with a projection of Paris’ motto of “tossed but not sunk”.