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campaign to take down we see now both presidents walking in to address the reporters there in the east room of the white house. let's now listen to president obama. president obama: president hollande, it has been an honor to welcome to you the white house before and 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. we're here today to declare that the united states and france stand united in total solidarity to deliver justice to these
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terrorists and those who 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've been traveling and this is an important moment for our nations and for the world. this barbaric terrorist group, isil or daesh and its murderous ideology, poses serious threat to all of kñus. it cannot be tolerated, it 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 you said that the french love america. well, we love the french. sometimes we americans are too shy to say so, but we're not
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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, walk along the seine. we know these places. they're part of our memories, woven in to the fabric of our lives and our 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 to the first
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witt of the city of lights. by my bed in the residence is a picture of me and michelle in luxembourg gardens kissing. those are the memories we have of paris, as early on i had no gray hair. so when tragedy struck that evening, our hearts broke too. that stadium and concert hall and those restaurants andj we see our own. in the face of the french people we see ourselves. that's why so many americans have embraced the blue, white and red and that's why americans had candlelight vigils joined together to sing, we have never forget ten how the french people stood with us after 9/11 and today we stand with you.
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[speaking french] it's been noted that the terrorists did not direct their attacks against the french government or military, rather they focused their violence on the very@! spirit of france. 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. in targeting venues where people come together from around the world, killing citizens of nearly 20 countries, including american, 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 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
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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 viañ ideology. today president obama hollande and i reviewed our coalition's progress. more than 8,000 airstrikes combined with local partners on the ground have pushed isil back from territory in both iraq and syria. today president hollande and i agree our nations must do even more together. u.s. assistance has supported recent french strikes in syria and we're going to keep stepping up that coordination. and as we saw with the attack in
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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 root 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, 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's been long in the works that would requireít&l airlines to s passenger information so we can do more to stop foreign terrorist fighters from entering our countries undetected. i'm prepared to send teams of experts to work on this with our european partners to make sure
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we're redoubling our efforts together. regarding the broader crisis in syria, president hollande and n2 agree that russia's strikes against the moderate opposition only bolster the assad regime whose brutality helped to fuel the rise of isil. we agree russia could play a more constructive role if it were to shift the focus of its strike to defeating isil. likewise president hollande and i agreed that the best way to bring peace to syria is through principles reaffirmed in which require active russian support for cease fire and political transition away from assad to a democratically elected government that can unite the syrian people against terrorism. finally, francois and i understand that one of our greatest weapons in the fight against isil is the strength and
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resilience of our people. here i want to speak directly to the american people. what happened in paris is truly horrific. esa understand the p 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 counterterrorism, homeland security and law enforcement 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, they do so now, and they will not stop. they're the best in the world.
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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, 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 we allow fear tofdahç d us. for that's how terrorists win. we cannot give them the victory of changing how we go about living our lives. the good news ismj..hujáñ are resilient, we mourned the lives lost at fort hood, the boston
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marathon, chattanooga, but we waver. our communities have come together, we have gone to ball games and concerts and we have gone shopping and men and women who want to serve our country continue to go to military recruiting offices. we're vigilant, we take precautions, bute
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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 y8çomus, musw 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 goes through more screening than refugees. we're prepared to share these tools with france and our
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european partners. as francois has said, our humanitarian duty to help desperate refugees and our duty to our security, those duties go hand innl%ihand. on the statute of liberty a gift from the people of france, there are word we know so well: give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free. that's spirit that makes us americans. that's the spirit that binds us to france. that's sthe spirit we need toda. in closing, i want to salute the people of paris for showing the world how to stay strong in the face of terrorism. even as they grieve, they're returning to cafes, riding the metro, going to stayeddiumstadi
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cheering for teams, going mother bringing children to let them see we should not be ñrrc one parisian said, paris will alwayse÷ be paris. next week i will be joining president hollande and world 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 faced greater threats to our way of life before. fascism, communism, first world war, the second, a long cold
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war, each and every time we prevailed. we have prevailed because our way of life is stronger, because we stay united, because even as we are relentless in the face of evil we draw on what's 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. in standing with allies like france we will continue to show the world the best of american leadership. vive le france. god bless america. mr. president. translator: ladies and
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gentlemen, please allow me to thank president obama for 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 a.m. when barack called. the president of the united states expressed his solidarity towards france, his emotion, his compassion against the horror. 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 joint duty to pull our forces together and fight terrorism.
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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 flags, all abound in many gatherings, the candles in places that represent france here in the united states, our national anthem sung in official serenades. 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 and also the same willingness to fight for freedom, to fend for
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our values. we are not too similar people, we each have our own history. we have our own culture, our own background. 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, because france came under attack for what it represents, for what it stands for, for the culture, our way of living as well as our values, our principles. but by targeting france the terrorist terrorists, the murderers were targeting the world. in this restaurant, in the cafes
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as well as the bataclan, the concert venue, there were men and women, most of them young, who came from 20 countries, at least. and they shared the same passion for life and that's the reason they were murdered. my thoughts with from the friends and family of a young american student gonzales who came as well to share a moment of culture and joy. my thoughts also go to the american at the bataclan, our culture on that occasion were together to bring the same enthusiasm and were hit by terrorists. we are facing a terror group
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which organized itself on the territory, they have some substantial resources. they are thriving on smuggling of oil, drug, human beings. since the beginning of the year they hit many countrs, denmark, tunisia, lebanon, kuwait, turkey, egypt, as well as russia by taking down a russian plane. so together with president obama, today we want on the occasion of that meeting first of all to sharew5;y÷ share our determination, relentless determination to fight terrorism everywhere and anywhere. we also mention to tell the
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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 built generation after generation. they will not be able to damage the world. and against that we need a joint response an implacable joint replans. france and the united states stand together to bring that joint response. militarily it is about destroying no matter where they rflp it is without taking out their financing, hunting down their leaders, dismantling their networks and taking back the land they currently control. we therefore decided, president obama and myself, to scale up our strikes both in syria and in iraq to broaden the scope, to strengthen our intelligence sharing regarding the targets we
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must aim at. the priority is to take back key locations in the hands of isil in sear it is also urgent to close the h terrorists from crossing the border and coming to europe or other places and undertake such terrible attacks. we also took a decision to work together with our partners of the coalition in iraq and to support all of those who are fighting on the ground. the aim is to make sure that these forcesfm#ztmç can be supp helped, by all countries that are willing to act militarily to destroy isil. there is a mission of the
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security council voted unanimously friday after being introduced by france and supported by the united states, this was in a sense provide with the clear basis to act. this is what france is going to be doing. our aircraft carrier is currently in the east of mediterranean and allows us to enjoy a more capability. yesterday for the 6th time after the terror attacks in paris we struck. in addition, we have been provided assistance in to iraqi fighters in the region of ramadii and mosul. with president obama and myself have strengthened our cooperation as early as the night after the attacks and i would like to commend what everything, everything that is being done so that intelligence and information available can be
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used to tackle terrorists and to follow their:áçk6 movements. so that we prevent from doing what they wanted to because 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 credible political transition in syria within the framework of the vienna process and i commend the work done by ministers kerry to agree time line that will enable a cease-fire. of course as quickly as possible.
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a than t and what will lead to bashar al-assad's departure. because we cannot imagine the5+ syrians getting together, gathering around the leader who is responsible for some, the most of 300,000 deaths in a few years. so government of required but that must lead to assad's departure. the syrian crisis is directly relevant to europe. first of all, given the terrorist attacks, but also because there are millions of refugees fleeing the regime's [y if we were torsñ6 abandon them would betray what we are. this is the reason why i reject
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identifying migration and terrorism. at the same time we must control the borders. today people are risking their lives to flee. when they travel between turkey and greece. turkey play as important role and it is together with turkey we must findp"ñ solutions for t refugee can stay close to their country of origin and we need to make sure that the required controls, the checks are implemented at the borders. i will be traveling to moscow to meet with vladimir putin and i will tem him that france can work together with russia if russia concentrateses military action against isil and if
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russia freely commits to the political solution in syria. this is what we want to do. we want to gather all countries, all those who are willing to find and to 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 this conference woo place against such a background. at the same time i think there cannot be any better symbol or response but to hold the conference in paris where the
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attacks took place, where we took the right measures in terms of security, protections as well as in defending our values. there is no greater symbol than holding this conference on climate in paris with some 150 head of state and government. never before did france host so many leaders of the international community. they're coming to talk about the climate challenge and again to work and to find the right agreements so that we can limit greenhouse gases emissions and make sure that our children and our grandchildren live better or simply can live. but they are also coming to express their support to freedom, to the fight against
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extremism. that radical islam, which is becoming dangerous. 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 words, 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 few weeks and months, but i also commend the commitments he's made in the name of the united states as well as in the name of the world. it was very important that one of the most powerful countries in the world, if not the most
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powerful and therefore with the highest level of admissions, could also be, highest level of emissions could also be there to face the future like we have been facing history. what we will be doing early next week in paris means that we can continue to live as well as protect our life and for that of all children. france and the united states, given their history and the value, the family values of both our nations, we both have that duty to act as a matter of urgency against terrorism and against isis and at the same time to prepare for the future. against that background, even though it is a very dire one,
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i'm pleased to be with barack obama to send across that message to the entire world. thank you. president obama: we have time for a few questions. i'm start with roberta of reuters. >> thank you. this is a question for both of you. first, what is your reaction to turkey shooting down russian plane today? and does this draw nato in to a confrontation with russia? how do you keep this from spiralling out of control? and president obama, what does this incident mean for a future prospect of military coordination, more military coordination with russia? and president hollande ahead of your trip to moscow thursday, what are the prospects for closer military coordination with russia given what happened today? president obama: first of all, we're still getting the details of what happened. and i expect

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