“France is at war”
While Prime Minister Trudeau maintained his position that he is withdrawing Canada’s six CF-18 fighter jets from Syria, President Hollande today called on the international community to get serious about the war on ISIS.
“It is not about containing, but about destroying that organization.”
Hollande also confirmed that France will intensify it’s operations in Syria, and that he would be meeting with US President Obama and Russian Vlamir Putin in the coming days to discuss action against Islamic State.
Hollande made his comments in front of both houses of Parliament, saying France’s democracy has triumphed over far more dangerous opponents than “these cowards”.
“It is an aggression against our country, against its values, against its youth, against its way of life.”
He said this isn’t a war of civilization because these murderers do not represent civilizations, and that jihadist terrorists threaten the whole world and not just France.
Trudeau at G20
It was while at the G20 leaders summit that Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s contribution will be training Kurdish fighters for their ground war against ISIS/ISIL.
Trudeau kept his focus positive and for the most part, squarely on the economy while at the summit, despite the shift in focus for other world leaders.