Hollande remains tough on IS

Paris, Jan 25 (IANS) French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that threats from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group will not deter his country.

“Nothing scares us. Nothing will deter us. No threat will make France waver in the fight against terrorism,” the president told the French media during a visit to India, reported Xinhua news agency.

He made the remarks after a new video was posted by the IS on Sunday showing the images and last statements of the assailants who carried out the November attacks in Paris that left 130 dead and over 300 injured.

France raised the terror alert to the highest level and declared a state of emergency immediately after the November 13 attacks. France has also intensified airstrikes against IS militants in Syria and Iraq since then.

Last week, Hollande said that he would ask parliament to extend the state of emergency by three months.

“If I take steps to extend the state of emergency, it is because I know that this threat is there,” he said.

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