France must remain vigilant in fighting terrorism


President Obama said Friday that he hoped the killing of three gunmen thought to be responsible for Wednesday’s deadly shooting shootings in Paris this week has resolved the “immediate threat” of terrorism in France.

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

“But the French government continues to face the threat of terrorism and has to remain vigilant,” Obama said. “The situation is fluid.”

“We’re hopeful that the immediate threat is now resolved, thanks to the courage and professionalism of the French personnel on the ground,” he said. “President (Fran?ois) Hollande has made it clear that they’re going to do whatever is necessary to protect their people.”

Obama’s remarks, before a speech on education in Knoxville, Tenn., were the first since three suspected terrorists were killed in shootouts around Paris on Friday. Obama said events were fast-moving but that he had just spoken to his counter-terrorism adviser, who has been in close contact with the French government. He said the United States has offered “whatever support our ally needs in confronting this challenge.

Source: Per Second News


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