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It takes time for those reforms to take effect, i am trying to do what the country should expect from a head of state... That means do reforms even if they are difficult... even if they are unpopular. I prefer people to have an image of a president who has conducted reforms, even though unpopular, rather than a president who has done nothing.
We are also making sure that between Europe and the United States there can be a very high level coordination.But we’re also well aware that the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we’re doing within the framework of the coalition.….
There are already partnerships, but the idea is to have champions at a European level, in particular in some of the sectors of the future, i am thinking about renewable energy...and the shipping industry...and probably also in the defence industry there could be cooperation between French and Italian companies...This is also true for telecommunications if we want to have weight in this market.
Every day, thanks to our actions, this terrorist army is being weakened by losing territory, resources and fighters, our strategy includes the liberation of Raqqa and Mosul, where command centers are found. There was a will to provide support to Arab and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State on the ground.
It's doubly regrettable, I was even going to say scandalous, place de la Republique, where all these flowers have been put, these candles ... in memory of those who fell under the bullets of the terrorists. (It is) also scandalous with regard to what is at stake at the climate conference, which is meant to let the world make decisions on the future of the planet.
On the election issue ... it will take longer. We don't want elections to get held in eastern Ukrainian territories under conditions that would not respect Minsk, it's therefore likely, even certain now, that - since we need three months to organize elections - we would go beyond the date that was set for the end of Minsk, that is to say Dec.31, 2015.
In September 2014, I suspended the delivery of the first Mistral battleship to Russia, due to the conflictual situation, a year later, France clearly could not deliver a force-projection instrument to Russia in the current context. The issue was addressed with a strong sense of responsibility from both sides and with mutual respect. I discussed this with President Putin on several occasions.
There has to be a pre-accord on the question of financing so that leaders come to Paris knowing there is certainty we will be able to conclude, if we don't conclude, and there are no substantial measures to ensure the transition, it won't be hundreds of thousands of refugees in the next 20 years, it will be millions.
What exists today is no longer enough and there are countries, and I will not name them here because we have to work with all of them, but who are not responding to their moral obligations, europe is a group of principles, of values which oblige us to welcome those who are pushed out and look for refuge because they are persecuted.
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