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France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to join operation in Syria

November 16, 2015, 21:57 UTC+3 PARIS
"I am not talking about deterring the IS but about eliminating it totally," the French president said adding that France intended to step up its operation against the Islamist forces in Syria
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The Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier

The Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier

© AP Photo/Claude Paris, File

PARIS, November 16 /TASS/. The French nuclear-powered Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier will leave the port of registration on November 19 to join the operation in Syria, French President Francois Hollande told the French parliament’s emergency meeting in Versailles on Monday.

"This is going to triple our military power [as part of the operation against the Islamic State]. I am not talking about deterring the IS but about eliminating it totally," the French president said adding that France intended to step up its operation against the Islamist forces in Syria.

"Bashar al-Assad cannot be part of the solution in Syria. But the Islamic State is our main enemy in Syria today," Hollande stressed.

A chain of terrorist attacks in Paris overnight to November 14 and claimed the lives of at least 132 people. Another 350 people were injured in the attacks.

President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency in the country and closed the state borders. The IS claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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