France determined to fight terror, President tells UK
Paris, 23 May 2017
Ladies and gentlemen,
The Prime Minister, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Minister delegate for European Affairs and I wanted to come here this afternoon, alongside the Ambassador at the British Embassy in Paris, to sign the visitors’ book and thus express our full support and our condolences to the British people.
Following last night’s attack in Manchester, the whole of Europe, free Europe, has been attacked; Europe and Britain’s young people have been struck at their heart. I had the opportunity to speak to Theresa May a few hours ago, and I expressed these feelings to her. So above all we wanted to express these condolences, this feeling of solidarity and this full support this afternoon. We’re also determined to strengthen European cooperation in the fight against terrorism. The coming hours will tell us the identity and background of the terrorist, or terrorists if it’s proven that accomplices were present. We’ll be determined and resolute alongside all our European partners to combat terrorism everywhere on our continent. Many things have already been done, our cooperation in the area is exemplary, but we’ll continue at all times to strengthen this cooperation through deeds.
Finally, I want to recall here that the government is fully mobilized in the fight against terrorism. As early as last week, I held a Defence Council after the first Council of Ministers, so that all the various situations can be monitored.
Tomorrow, we’re holding another Defence Council, which will allow us to make progress on the creation of an anti-Daesh [so-called ISIL] task force, on greater coordination between our intelligence services and an increase in the resources already being deployed.
So you can rest assured – going well beyond this feeling of solidarity – that France is determined to go even further when it comes to European cooperation and determined to go even further when it comes to the security and protection of all our nationals. What happened yesterday in Manchester showed us once again that terrorists have a target – the free world, young people – and that every one of us has a profound shared destiny in this.
Thank you, Ambassador./.