Hollande: Act of war

At least 128 persons were killed, 200 injured in the six attacks across Paris and the French President François Hollande says that the attacks were “an act of war” organised from abroad by Islamic State group with internal help. A state of emergency has been declared across France after armed men, some wearing suicide belts, carried out six separate attacks in the French capital on Friday.

“Faced with war, the country must take appropriate action,” Hollande said in a televised address on Saturday, without elaborating further, as IS claimed responsibility for the attacks. He said he would address parliament on Monday in an extraordinary meeting and the country would observe three days of official mourning for the victims.

The attacks at a concert hall, stadium and cafes and restaurants in northern and eastern Paris were “an act of war committed by Daesh that was prepared, organised and planned from outside [France]” with help from inside France, Hollande said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL.

“France will not show any pity against the barbaric acts by ISIL. All measures to protect our compatriots and our territory are being taken within the framework of the state of emergency,” he said.