Hollande: We will eradicate terrorism
French President Francois Hollande vowed that France would eradicate “terrorism” in address to an exceptional joint gathering of parliament on Monday in Versailles, south of Paris.
Hollande said parliament would this week begin examining a bill extending the state of emergency by three months.
“I decided to ask parliament starting Wednesday to examine a bill prolonging the state of emergency for three months,” he told a rare joint sitting of both houses of parliament, calling on lawmakers to “adopt it by the end of the week.”
He also called for the French constitution to be amended to “allow the authorities to act… against war-level terrorism”.
Hollande announced 8,500 new jobs in police, legal system and added there would be no job cuts in the military until 2019.
These remarks were made three days after a series of attacks claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed 129 people across Paris.
He also pledged to increase budgets for security forces and the army.
“That will lead to higher spending, which I take responsibility for,” Hollande said.
“I consider that in these circumstances, the security pact prevails over the stability pact,” he said, referring to the Eurozone budget limits.
The attacks were decided in Syria, prepared in Belgium and perpetrated with French help, Holland said.
Friday’s “acts of war… were decided and planned in Syria, prepared and organized in Belgium (and) perpetrated on our soil with French complicity,” he said.
Hollande also called for a U.N. Security Council meeting over the fight against ISIS, saying he would meet his U.S. and Russian counterparts over the issue.
“I will meet in the coming days with U.S. President Obama and President Putin,” he said.