President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande met this Tuesday and, like expected, one of the main topics they have discussed is the fight against terrorist organization Islamic State.
According to CNN Politics, the presidents are considering intensifying the attacks on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, especially after the Paris attacks, which seemed to have opened a new phase of the war on terror.
France joined the fight against ISIS
Currently, France is the only European nation joining the United States in the fight, after the two nations cooperated very well in several anti-terrorism operations in Africa, as France was U.S. closest transatlantic military ally.
During the one-hour press conference, which took place in the East Room of the White House, it was made clear that the diplomatic relationship between the two countries is stronger than ever, despite President Obama not accepting to change his current strategy or cooperate with Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Like expected, there were some differences in opinions, but Barack Obama and Francois Hollande managed to put together their best ideas on how to confront ISIS. CNN Politics mentions that during the press conference, Obama spoke in unusually personal and emotive terms, addressing the French people directly and also mentioning some memories from when he spent some time in their country.
“France is a part of our memories”
“We love France for your spirit and your culture and your joie de vivre. Since the attacks, Americans have recalled their own visits to Paris, visiting the Eiffel Tower or walking along the Seine. We know these places. They’re part of our memories, woven into the fabric of our lives and our culture,” the President said.
Finally, his final line was “Nous sommes tous Francais,” (“We are all French”) making a reference to the French newspaper headlines after the 9/11 attacks, “Nous sommes tous Americans.”