24 November 2015 - David Cameron visits Paris to discuss ISIS
Angelique Chrisafis and Matthew Weaver (The Guardian)
David Cameron has given strong backing to the French president François Hollande’s global quest to eradicate Islamic State in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, offering the use of Britain’s RAF base on Cyprus from which to launch airstrikes against the militant group in Syria.
The prime minister also signalled his determination to persuade the UK parliament to back airstrikes against Isis targets in Syria. “We must also do more to defeat Isil in their heartlands in Syria and Iraq,” he said. “I firmly support the action President Hollande has taken to strike Isil [Isis] in Syria and it is my firm conviction that Britain should do so too.”
Cameron accompanied Hollande to place a white rose outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where 89 people watching a gig by the US band Eagles of Death Metal were shot dead by gunmen in the worst of the coordinated attacks that killed a total of 130 on 13 November. The two leaders then held talks at the Élysée Palace over how Britain could support what Hollande has deemed France’s mission to “eradicate” terrorism and crush Isis.
Speaking in Paris, the prime minister said it was his "firm conviction' that the UK should join air strikes in Syria but the decision would be up to MPs.
He said he would set out his case to Parliament this week ahead of a vote expected before Christmas.
The UK is making its Akrotiri airbase in Cyprus available to the French.
As France pushes for a stronger international coalition against IS in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, which have left 130 people dead, the French President said his country would "intensify" its action in Syria.
Cameron at the Bataclan
Jack Sommers (The Huffington Post)
David Cameron has joined French president Francois Hollande at the scene of one of the Paris atrocities, as a major anti-terror operation continued in neighbouring Belgium.
The Prime Minister visited the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed in the massacre by Islamic State (IS) gunmen, one of a co-ordinated series of shootings and bombings that killed 130 people.
The two leaders viewed the flowers and tributes placed outside the music venue, where fans of rock group Eagles Of Death Metal were gunned down.
Mr Cameron said the two men stood "shoulder to shoulder" and he paid tribute to the "courage of the French people" following the marauding attack on their capital, the Press Association reports.
François Hollande's diplomatic tour
Karen DeYoung (The Washington Post)
French warplanes flying for the first time from an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean struck Islamic State targets in Iraq on Monday as President François Hollande launched a diplomatic blitz designed to boost international cooperation and intensify efforts against the militants.
Hollande, who met in Paris with British Prime Minister David Cameron, will spend Tuesday in Washington with President Obama before meeting later in the week with the leaders of Germany, Italy and Russia.
In addition to providing a visible display of solidarity during the visit, White House officials said that Obama will reaffirm and further expand intelligence cooperation with France that was augmented after the Nov. 13 Islamic State attacks in Paris.
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"24 November 2015 - David Cameron visits Paris to discuss ISIS", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2015. Consulté le 22/09/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/24-november-2015-david-cameron-visits-paris-to-discuss-isis