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France's Macron sets fighting 'Islamist terrorism' as main policy goal

Tuesday 29-08-2017 - 03:21 PM
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France's Macron sets
France's Macron sets fighting 'Islamist terrorism' as main policy goal
Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that ensuring national security would be at the heart of France’s diplomatic activity and he set eradicating “Islamist terrorism” as his core foreign policy goal.

In his first annual address to France’s 170 ambassadors, Macron confirmed an already noticeable shift - promising to focus on initiatives that could bring concrete results, such as brokering peace talks in Libya and leading efforts to address Europe’s migrants crisis.

“I want France to propose solutions and initiatives when there are new crises,” he said. “The fight against Islamist terrorism is the priority of France’s foreign policy. France’s security is the main purpose of our diplomacy.”

Gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in and around Paris in November 2015 and over 100 people have been killed in other Islamist attacks in France in the past two-and-a-half years.

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