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Hollande Blames ISIS for ‘Act of War’ on Paris

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Two women embrace outside Le Carillon bar, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital which are feared to have killed around 170 people.

PARIS:(APS)Nov 14,2015 — President François Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State for the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, as the death toll rose to 170 victims, with 200 others hospitalized. He declared three days of national mourning, and said that military troops would patrol the capital. France remained under a nationwide state of emergency.

 “It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” Mr. Hollande told the nation from the Élysée Palace, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”

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 Mr. Hollande did not specify what intelligence pointed to the Islamic State’s involvement. On Saturday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, but its claim could not be independently verified.

 “France, because it was foully, disgracefully and violently attacked, will be unforgiving with the barbarians from Daesh,” Mr. Hollande said on Saturday, adding that France would act within the law but with “all the necessary means, and on all terrains, inside and outside, in coordination with our allies, who are, themselves, targeted by this terrorist threat.”

 The attacks, and the potential that the Islamic State was to blame, promised to further traumatize France and other European countries already fearful of violent jihadists radicalized by the conflicts in Syria and elsewhere. It could also lend weight to the anti-immigrant arguments of right-wing populists like Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front party.

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