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26 November 2015 - Barack Obama meets with François Hollande

Publié par Marion Coste le 26/11/2015
Meeting With François Hollande, Obama Urges Europe to Escalate ISIS Fight
Peter Baker (The New York Times, 24/11/2015)


resident Obama offered his visiting French counterpart emotional words of solidarity on Tuesday but made it clear that it was up to Europe to escalate its efforts to combat the terrorist group that killed 130 people in Paris this month.
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In their first meeting since a cascade of shootings and suicide bombings terrorized the French capital on Nov. 13, Mr. Obama and President François Hollande resolved to increase cooperation in the battle against the Islamic State, the group that claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“We are here today to declare that the United States and France stand united in total solidarity to deliver justice to these terrorists and those who sent them and to defend our nations,” Mr. Obama said. The Islamic State, he added, is a threat to all nations. “It cannot be tolerated. It must be destroyed. And we must do it together.”

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US strategy in Syria

Obama draws criticism for doubling down on current ISIS strategy
Kristina Wong (The Hill, 24/11/2015)
President Obama announced no new steps to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after meeting with French President François Hollande on Tuesday, despite calls for new action in the wake of this month’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
Instead, the president said the U.S. will continue to intensify its ongoing military efforts against the terrorist group, drawing criticism from national security hawks in Congress.
"Instead of doubling down on the same failed policies that allowed for ISIS’s rise, the Obama administration ought to be laying out the broad, overarching strategy needed to win," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said in a statement.

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Obama's address
Obama: We are all French now
Stephen Collinson and Kevin Liptak (CNN politics, 25/11/2015)
It might be America's oldest alliance, but it has rarely looked more vibrant.
French President François Hollande and U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to intensify their nations' military attacks on ISIS in Syria and Iraq at a White House meeting lent urgency and deep symbolic significance by the terrorist attacks on Paris 10 days ago that opened a new phase of the war on terror.
Even before the attacks, France, as the only European nation joining the United States in striking ISIS in Syria, and after several anti-terror operations in Africa in which the two nations cooperated, had emerged as the closest U.S. transatlantic military ally.
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Solidarity with France

Obama Promises President Hollande US Stands in 'Total Solidarity' With France
Ali Weinberg (ABC News, 24/11/2015)
President Obama and French President Francois Hollande recommitted their nations to the global fight against ISIS, but both also set clear limits on how far their military engagement would go.
Obama told Hollande the United States stands united in "total solidarity" with France against the terrorist organization, which he called "a scourge that threatens all of us."
But beyond some changes on the margins of the United States' participation in the fight against ISIS extremists, the president did not announce any major shifts in strategy in light of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.
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"26 November 2015 - Barack Obama meets with François Hollande", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2015. Consulté le 30/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/26-november-2015-barack-obama-meets-with-francois-hollande