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issue? >> you know, i think that leadership has got to come forward. figure out economically how this makes sense from a security perspective. donald trump wants to bomb the oil fields and import a greater military solution. those oil fields have to be rebuilt. >> the president is now coming into the east room of the white house. we will listen in. >> president hollande it has been an honor to welcome you to the white house before in happier times than this. but as americans, we stand by our friends in good times and in bad no matter what. so on behalf of the american people, i want to once again express our deepest condolences to you and all of the people of france for the heinous attacks that took place in paris.
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we're here today to declare that the united states and france stand united, in total solidarity, to deliver justice to these terrorists and those that sent them, and to defend our nations. in that spirit, with heavy but strong hearts, i welcome you here today. francois with your understanding, my statement today will be a little longer than usual. i have been traveling, and this is an important moment for our nations and for the world. this barbaric terrorist group, isil or daesh, and its murdererous ideology must be destroyed. and we must do it together. this is the unity of purpose that brings us here today. on your visit here last year,
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you said that the french love america. we love the french. sometimes we americans are too shy to say so, but we're not feeling shy today. we americans love france because we dedicate ourselves to the same ideals, that all people deserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. france is our oldest ally, you helped us win our independence. we helped liberate france from fascism. we owe our freedom to each other. we love france for your spirit and your culture. since the attacks americans have recalled their own visits to paris, visiting the eiffel tower or walking along the ans. we know these places they are part of our memories woven into the fabric of our lives and our
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culture. i am very grateful to the french people for the hospitality they have always shown me, and when they welcomed michelle and our daughters on their first visit to the city of lights. by my bed in the residence, is a picture of me and michelle in luxembourg gardens, kissing. [ laughter ] >> those are the memories we have of paris. it was early on. i had no gray hair. so when tragedy struck that evening, our hearts broke too. and that stadium and concert hall, and those restaurants and cafes, we see our own, and the face of the french people we see ourselves. and that's why so many americans have embraced the blue, white, and red, and that's why americans at candlelight vigils have joined together to sing.
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we have never forgotten how the french stood with us after 9/11. and today we stand with you. [ speaking french ] it has been noted that the terrorist did not direct their attacks against the french government or military, rather they focused their violence on the very spirit of france, and by extension on all liberal democracies. this was an attack on our free and open societies. where people come together to celebrate and sing and compete and targeting venues where people come together from around the world, killing citizens of nearly 20 countries, including america. this was an attack on the very idea that people of different races and religions and backgrounds can live together in peace. in short, this was not only a strike against one of the
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world's great cities. it was an attack against the world itself. it's the same madness that has slaughtered the innocent from nigeria to the sinai, from lebanon to iraq. it is a scourge that threatens all of us, and that's why for more than a year the united states, france, and our coalition of some 65 nations have been united in one mission, to destroy these isil terrorists and defeat their vial ideology. today president hollande and i reviewed our coalition's progress. more than 8,000 air strikes combined with local partners on the ground have pushed isil back from territory in both iraq and syria. today president hollande and i agreed that our nations must do even more together. u.s. assistance has supported
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recent french strikes in syria, and we're going to keep stepping up that coordination. and as we saw with the attack in mali, the terrorist threat goes beyond isil. this week i'll sign legislation to sustain our support, including air lift and intelligence to allies like france as we work together to rule out terrorist networks in africa. we'll do even more to prevent attacks at home. building on our recent intelligence agreement, the united states will continue to quickly share threat information with france and in the wake of paris and with the threats in belgium there's also a growing recognition among european nations that they need to ramp up additional efforts to prevent the flow of foreign terrorist fighters. as part of that, i'm calling on the european union to finally implement the agreement that would require airlines to share passenger information so we can
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do more to stop foreign fighters from entering our countries undetected. and i'm prepared to send teams to work on this to make sure we are doubling our efforts together. regarding the broader crisis in syria, president hollande and i agreed that russia's strikes against the moderate opposition, only bolster the assad regime, who's brutality has helped to fuel the rise of isil. we agree that russia could play a more constructive role if it were to focus the strikes to defeating isil. and we agreed that the best way to bring peace to syria is through the principles reaffirmed in vienna which require active russian support for a ceasefire and a politically transition away from assad to a democratic government
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that can unite the people against terrorists. finally francois and i understand that one of our greatest weapons in the fight against isil is the strength and resilience of our people. and here i want to speak directly to the american people. what happened in paris is truly horrific. i understand that people worry that something similar could happen here. i want you to know that we will continue to do everything in our power to defend our nation. since 9/11, we have taken extraordinary measures to strengthen our homeland security. our counter-terrorism, homeland security and law enforce professionals, federal, state, and local, they are tireless. they have prevented attacks and they have saved lives. they are working every hour, every day for our security. they did so before paris.
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they do so now and they will not stop. they are the best in the world. but it's not just our security professionals who will defeat isil and other terrorist groups. as americans we all have a role to play in how we respond to threats. groups like isil cannot defeat us on the battlefield, so they try to terrorize us at home. against soft targets against civilians, against innocent people. even as we're vigilant, we cannot and we will not succumb to fear. nor can beallow fear to divide us. that's how terrorists win. we cannot give them the victory of changing how we go about living our lives. the good news is americans are
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resilient. we mourned the lives lost at fort hood, the boston marathon, chattanooga, but we did not waiver. our communities have come together, we have gone to ball games, concerts, and we have gone shopping and men and woman who want to serve our country, continue to go to military recruiting offices. we're vigilant. we take precautions. but we go about our business. so those who want to arm us, our actions have shown that we have too much resolve and too much character. americans will not be terrorized. i say all of this because another part of being vigilant, another part of defeating terrorists like isil is upholding the rights and freedoms that define our two
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great republics, and that includes freedom of religion. that includes equality before the law. there have been times in our history, in moments of fear, when we have failed to uphold our highest ideals, and it has been to our lasting regret. we must uphold our ideals now. each of us, all of us, must show that america is strengthened by people of every faith and every background. related to this, i want to note under president hollande france plans to welcome 30,000 additional syrian refugees over the next two years. here in the united states, refugees coming to america go through up to two years of intense security checks, including biometric screening. nobody who sets foot in america
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goes through more screening than refugees. and we're prepared to share these tools with france and our european partners. as francois has said, our humanitarian duty to help desperate refugees and our duty to our security, those duties go hand in hand. on the statue of liberty, a gift from the people of france, there are worlds we know so well. give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free. that's the spirit that makes us america. that's the spirit that binds us to france. that's the spirit we need today. in closing, i want to salute the people of paris for showing the world how to stay strong in the face of terrorism.
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even as they grieve, they have begun returning to their cafes, riding the metro, and going to stadiums to cheer for their teams, crowds gather in the plaza, including a mother who brought her children, she said to let them see that we should not be afraid. as one parisian said, paris will always be paris. and next week, i will be joining president hollande and world leaders in paris for the global climate conference. what a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children. so president hollande, my fellow americans, let's remember we
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faced greater threats to our way of life before, fascism, communism, the first world war, the second, a long cold war, each and every time we prevailed. we have prevailed because our way of life is stronger. because we stay united, because it's -- even as we are relentless in the face of evil, we draw on what is best in ourselves, and in the character of our countries. it will be no different this time. make no mistake, we will win, and groups like isil will lose. and standing with allies like france we will continue to show the world the best of american leadership. viva la france. and god bless the united states of america. mr. president.
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>> translator: ladies and gentlemen, please allow me first and foremost to thank barack obama for the solidarity he has shown immediately as we found out about the terror attacks, he was the first one to call me. it was very late in france, 2:00 am when barack called. the president of the united states expressed his solidarity towards france, his emotion, his compassion against the terror, and on that night he meant to tell me that the united states stood by france; that the help that could be provided to france would have no limit and that we had a duty, a
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joined duty to pool our forces together and fight terrorism. i do not forget, either all of the messages that the american people sent to the french people over the past few days. the french colors, the french flags, all around in many gatherings, in candles, in places that represent france here in the united states, the [ inaudible ] our national anthem sung in official ceremonies. it is true that 9/11 we all felt american, but after the 13th of november, americans felt french. our two people together merged as one, sharing the same emotion
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and also the same willingness to fight for freedom, to defend our values. we are not two similar people, we each have our own history. we have our own culture, our own backgrounds, but we share the same trust, the same faith in freedom. it is france that came under attack on the 13th of november. france for what it is, the country, which we consider unique in the world because france [ inaudible ] the world. france came under attack for what it represents, for what it stands for, for it's culture, our way of living, as well as our values, our principles, but by targeting france, the
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terrorist s [ inaudible ] murder, were targeting the world. in these restaurants, in these cafes, as well as the concert venue, they were men and women, most of them young, who came from 20 countries, at least. and they share the same passion for life, and that's the reason why they were murdered. my thoughts are with the friends and families of the young american student who came as well to share a moment of culture and joy. i -- my thoughts also go to the american band that was playing. our culture on that occasion we were together to bring the same
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enthusiasm and they were hit by terrorists. we are facing a terror group which organizes itself on territory. they have some substantial resources. they are thriving on smuggling of oil, drugs, human beings, and since the beginning of the year, they hit many countries in indonesia, turkey, queue wait, egypt, as well as russia, by taking down the russian plane. so together with president obama, today we wanted on the occasion of that meeting, first of all to share, share our determination -- relentless
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determination to fight terrorism, everywhere and anywhere. we also meant to tell the world that we will not allow those who want to destroy what we have built -- we will not allow them to do it, to destroy what we have worked for generation after generation. they will not be able to damage the world, and against daesh we need a joint response. france and the united nations stand together to bring that joint response. militarily it is about destroying daesh no matter where they are. it is about taking out their finances, hunting down their leaders, dismantling their networks, and taking back the land they currently control. we therefore decided, president obama and myself, to increase
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our strikes both in syria and iraq, to broaden our scope to strengthen our intelligence sharing, regarding the targets. the priority is to take back key locations in the hands of daesh in syria. it is also matter of urgency to close the border between turkey and syria, and prevent terrorists from crossing the border and coming to europe or other places and to undertake such terrible attacks. we also will work together with our partners, and support all of those who are fighting daesh on the ground. the aim is to make sure that these forces can be supported, helped, by all countries that are willing to act militarily to
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destroy daesh. the resolution of the security council that was voted unanimously friday after being introduced by france and supported by the united states, this resolution provides us with a clear basis to act. this is what france is currently doing on the aircraft carrier currently in the east of the mediterranean, and allows us to enjoy more capability. yesterday for the sixth time after the terror attacks in paris we attacked raqqa. we are being provided assistance in iraqi fighters within the framework of the coalition. now diplomatically, both president obama and myself have strengthened our cooperation as early as the night after the attacks, and i would like to
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co comemend everything that is being done to that information can be used to track terrorists. beyond syria and iraq, what they want is somehow to spread fear everywhere, so that we doubt, so that we make decisions, which are exactly contrary to what we want in terms of freedom and rights, but we will not give in. that being said, we have to defend ourselves and use intelligence. diplomatically we're working on a credible political transition in syria, within the framework of the vienna process. and i come mend the work done to agree to a time line that will
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enable a ceasefire as quickly as possible, and to open up to a process that will lead to bashar al-assad's departure, because we cannot imagine the syrians getting together, gathering around the leader who is responsible for some -- at the most 300,000 deaths in a few years. so unity is required, but that must lead to assads departure. the syrian crisis is directly relevant to europe, first of all, given the terrorists threat, but also because there are millions of refugees fleeing the regime's bombs, and daesh's atrocities. if we were to abandon them, we
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would betray what we are. this is the reason why i reject identifying my [ inaudible ] end terrorism. at the same time we must conform the borders. today people are risking their lives to flee. when they travel between turkey and greece. turkey therefore plays an important role, and it is together with turkey that we must find solutions so that the refugees can stay close to their country of origin and we need to make sure that the required controls, the checks are implemented at the border. on thursday, i will be traveling to moscow to meet with vladimir putin, and i will tell him that france can work together with
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russia, if russia concentrates military action on daesh against isil and if russia fully commits to the political solution in syria. this is what we want to do. we want to gather all countries, all of those who are willing to find and implement a political solution in syria. we do not want to exclude anyone, but we want to make sure that this political solution can eradicate terrorism. lastly, next week, that is on monday, we will be hosting in paris a climate conference. i certainly could not imagine that this conference would be taking place against such a background. at the same time, there cannot
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be any better symbol of response, but to hold a conference in paris where the attacks took place, where we took the right measures in terms of security, protections, as well as defending our values. there is no greater symbol than holding this conference on climate in paris with some 150 heads of state in government. never before did france host so many leaders of the international community. they are coming to sort out the climate challenge and to work and to find the right agreement so that we can limit greenhouse gases emissions and make sure that our children and our grandchildren get better or simply can live. but we are also coming to
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express their support to freedom, to the fight against extremism. that radical islam, which is becoming centric. yes, all of them are coming no matter their background, no matter their religion, their convictions to express the same principles, the same values with the same word, life. yes, simply life. and this is the reason why i'm very pleased that president obama will allow us to succeed. i commend his recent statements over the past two weeks and months, by i commended the
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commitments he has made in the name of the world. it was important that one of the most powerful nations in world, and therefore with the highest level of emissions could also be there to face the future like we have been facing in history. what we will be doing, early next week in paris, means that we can continue to live as well as protect our lives, and prepare that of all children. france and the united states given their history, and the values -- the founding values of both of our nations, given our spirit, we both have that duty to act as matter of urgency -- urgently against terrorism, and against daesh, and at the same time to prepare
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for the future. against that background, even though it is a very dire one, i'm pleased to be with barack obama to send across that message to the entire world. thank you. [ changing captioners ]

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