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The meeting between (U.S.) President (Donald) Trump and (Iranian) President (Hassan) Rouhani is not the number one subject. The priority subject is whether we can restart a de-escalation path with the different actors.
– Le Drian
The path to dialogue was there, but the parameters for a negotiation have been reduced and the margins shortened.
This moment is dangerous for the world and the situation is serious because of the magnitude of the strikes (on Saudi Arabia) and its targets and ... (they) came when we thought there was a window of opportunity for talks.
What we want is that these events and actions are documented and then the international community will be within its right to ask for explanations. But first we need to know who and why they acted like that.
The meeting between President Trump and President Rouhani is not the No.1 subject. The priority subject is whether we can restart a de-escalation path with the different actors.
It is an act of war. When missiles hit another country it is an act of war, but we have to go back to the principle of de-escalation.
Iran must return (fully) to the nuclear deal. It is a requirement. It needs the economic benefits of the accord, but we must also discuss the rest.
There is still time and we hope all the actors show more calm. There is still time, but only a little time.
We also consider the U.S.' decision to break with the accord is not good and that its maximum pressure campaign is contributing to tensions.
Despite the crisp air of Dinard, we couldn't overcome some of our differences.
We have to tackle the evil at the root and intensify our efforts in order to isolate terrorism by drying up their sources of financing.
We are ready, if the talks don't yield results, to apply sanctions firmly, and they know it.
This initiative is unwelcome. It shows a sort of irritation, it is always dangerous to flirt with the red lines, but the initiative taken ... remains totally within the framework of the Vienna (nuclear) deal.
This posture risks endangering the region more.
The situation in Middle East is explosive, violence is doing the talking, war could loom, the president of the republic has decided to take all necessary political initiatives.
We're telling the Americans that it's their business what sanctions they impose, but we consider the extraterritoriality of these measures unacceptable, europeans should not have to pay for U.S. withdrawal from an agreement.
The region deserves better than further detribalization provoked by American withdrawal.
The region deserves better than further destabilization provoked by American withdrawal.
The region deserves better than further destabilization provoked by American withdrawal. So we want to adhere to it and see to it that Iran does too, that Iran behaves with restraint.
Libyan authorities, who have been alerted several times, including by myself because I was there in September, have decided to open an investigation into the facts.
France has always said that Raqqa was a major objective.
This is not just symbolic, we can see from what happened in Germany that the threat is everywhere.
I note that Daesh (Islamic State) is retreating and that Daesh is retreating significantly, since Daesh's occupation of Syria and Iraq, since the attempt to attack Baghdad in June 2014, I think Daesh has lost between 30 and 40 percent of its territory.
At the end of the year, our objective is to be back at a (troop) level close to what it was before the crisis.
We'll see how we can intensify our efforts in Iraq and Syria.
We struck last night in Mosul on a Daesh telecommunications center, a propaganda center. What we can say today is that Daesh is retreating in Iraq.
It's very complicated. We will have to ensure the Iraqi and Kurdish forces are sufficiently battle-hardened to lead this battle.
If the principle Russian objective is to fight Islamic State, then they must first hit Islamic State. At the moment that is not the case, and there is a very strong tendency for it to strike rebels, the moderate opposition fighting (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad.
Libya preoccupies me very much.
Daesh (Islamic State) is in Libya because it can exploit the internal rivalries ... If we reunite these forces, Daesh will cease to exist.
It is an emergency. Tunisia is nearby, Egypt is nearby, Algeria is directly concerned, Niger, Chad ... these countries need to be able to organise a forum with the support of international organisations and the United Nations.
Maybe today this grand coalition with Russia is possible.
France cannot do everything, in the Sahel, in the Central African Republic, in the Levant and then secure its national territory.
This is firstly a political act.
Beyond that, how is this going to work? It may be by cooperating with French interventions in Syria, in Iraq, it may be in support of France in other operations.
Several countries have lined up to buy the two boats, i am rather optimistic about the fact we'll find a buyer in the coming weeks.
As soon as we have well identified targets and we can carry out the strikes that we need to carry out against an enemy who is the Islamic state and who is threatening us.
Talks between President Putin and President Francois Hollande have concluded yesterday. There is no further dispute on the matter.
Russia will be reimbursed euro for euro for the financial commitments taken for these ships.
I am convinced there will be other buyers. Already a number of countries have expressed an interest for these two ships.
It is essential that France accentuates its support for MINUSMA (the U.N. mission), to allow it to succeed in its noble mission of maintaining peace.
There was a raid by the U.S. army, which targeted a place where he was supposed to be, but I can't confirm it at this stage, it's very likely but not certain.
There are actually pretty advanced discussions with Egypt, but they're not over.
We're at a forum in Dakar talking about the need for Africans to collectively take charge of their security and yet it's not happening where there is urgency, everybody distrusts everybody. We have to get beyond that.
Everybody distrusts everybody. We have to get beyond that.
A strictly national management of security is now an illusion. The terrorist threat knows no frontiers.
We are in a positive process, I hope it will come to a successful conclusion. It has progressed well.
French air forces will be strengthened. There were nine Rafale (jets) in the United Arab Emirates and they will be reinforced with six Mirage fighter jets to be placed in Jordan to support our action.
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