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conference and they will take a few questions each. president hollande will speak in french. here are the presidents. president hollande, it's been a please be seated. president hollande it's an honor to welcome you to the white house in better times than this but as americans we stand by our friends in good times and bad no matter what. so on behalf of the american people i want to once again express our deepest condolences to you and all the people of france for the heinous attacks that took place in paris. we are here today to declare that the united states and france stand united in total
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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.y than usual. i've been traveling. and, this is an i welcome you here today and a heavy day for our nations and for the world. this barbaric terrorist group, isol in its ideology poses a serious threat to all of us, it cannot be tolerated and it must be destroyed and we must do it together. it's it's unity of purpose that brings us here today. on the visit here last year you said that the french love america and we love the french. and sometimes we americans are
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too shy to say so but we are 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 fascists, and we are a 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 river. these are woven along the fabrics of our lives and our culture, i am grateful to the french people for the hospit hospitality they have always
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shown me and welcomed my wife michelle and our daughters for thord first visit to the city of lights. next to my bed in the residence is a picture of me and michelle in the gardens kissing. i have no greater memory, so when strategy struck that evening, our hearts broke too. that stadium and concert hall and those restaurants and cafes, we see our own. in the face of the french people we see ourselves, and that is why so many americans have embraced the blue, white and red and that is why americans have candle light vigils and joined together to sing the anthem. and we never forgot how the french people stood with us on
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9/11, and we stand with you. 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 spirit of france and by extension to all liberal democracies, this is 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 could 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. the same madness that has slaughterered the innocent from
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nigeria to the sinai to iraq. it's a scourge that threatens all of us. that is where 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 isol terrorists and defeat their vial ideology. today president obama hollande and i have reviewed our today with air strikes and partners on the ground have pushed isol back from territory in both iraq and syria. today president hollande and i agree our nations must do more together and assistance has suped french strikes in syria and we'll keep stepping up that court nation, and as we saw with
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the attack in mali, the terrorist attacks goes beyond. this week i sign legislation to sustain our support including air lift and intelligence to allies like france as we work to root out terrorists in places like africa and do more to prevent attacks at home. the united states will quickly share threat information with france and in the wake of paris and with the threats in belgium there is a growing recognition among european nations that they need to ramp up to prevent the flow of fighters, as part of that, i am calling on the european union to implement the agreement that would cause airlines to share passenger information to do more to stop foreign fighters from coming to our nation's undetected and i am
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sending agents to work on this with foreign countries to work together. regarding the broader crisis in syria, president hollande and i agree that strikes against the moderate opposition only bolsters the assad regimes, we believe that russia could play a more constructive role if it shifted the focus of its strike to defeating isol and likewise president hollande and i agree that the best way to bring peace to syria is with the principles of vienna, a cease fire away from assad to a democratically elected government that can unite the people against terrorists. finally, we understand that one of our greatest weapons in the fight against isol is the
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strength and resilience of our people. 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 to 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 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.
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they are the best in the world. but it's not just our security professional that will defeat isol and other terrorist groups. as american we all have a role to play and how we respond to threats. groups like isol cannot defeat us on the battlefield so they try to terrorize us at home against soft targets and civilians and innocent people even as we are vigilant, we cannot and will not succumb to fear. nor can we allow fear to divide us. for that is how terrorists win. we cannot give them the victory of how we go about living our lives. the good news is americans are resilie resilient. we mourned the lives lost at ft. hood, the boston marathon,
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chattanooga, but we did not waiver. our communities have come together and we have gone to ball games and we have gone to concerts and gone shopping and men and women that want to serve our country continue to go to military recruiting offices. we are vigilant, we take precautions but we go about our business. to those that want to harm us, our actions have shown that we have too much resolve and too much character. americans will not be terrorized. i say all this because another part of being vigilant, another part of defeating isol is holding up the freedoms that define our two republicans, that includes freedom of religion, that includes equality before
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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 say that under french president hollande france plans to welcome in 30,000 refugees, in the united states, refugees go up to two years of screening. nobody goes through more screening than refugees, and we are prepared to share the tools
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with france and our european partners. as he said, our humanitarian duty to help desperate refugees and our duty to the security, those duty goes hand in hand. on the statue of liberty, a gift from the people of france. there are words we know so well. give your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free, that is the spirit that makes us america and the spirit that binds us to france. that is 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. even as they grieve, people have become returning to their cafes and riding the metro and going
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to stadiums to cheer for their teams. and crowds gathered in the republic including a mother that brought her children, she said to let them see we are not 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 terrorist it will will he when the world stands as one and shows we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children. so president hollande, and my fellow americans, lets remember we face greater threats to our way of life before. fascism communism, the first
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world war and 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 even as we are relentless in the face of evil, we draw on what is best in ourselves and the characters of our countries, it will be no different think time. make no mistake, we will win and groups like isol will lose, and standing with allies with france will show the best of american leadership. viva la france. mr. president? >> ladies and gentlemen please
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allow me first and foremost to thank the president of the united states, barack obama, the solidity he has shown immediately after the attacks, he was the first one to call me, it was very late in france, 2:00 a.m. when he called, the president of the united states. i would like to express his solidity to france his emotion and 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 duty, a joined duty to put 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 colors and the french flags all around in my gatherings these candles in places that represent france here in the united states. 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 peoples 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 have our own history, we have own culture and 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 that we consider unique in the world because france -- the world france came under attack for what it represents for what stands for culture, our way of living, as well as our values, our principles but by targeting france, the terrorists, the cowardly murders were targeting the world, in these restaurants and these
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cafes as well as at bataclan, there 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 is the reason they were murdered. my thoughts are with the friends and family of a young american studentaomi gonzales that came to enjoy a culture of joy and the american band playing at the bataclan, our culture on that occasion worked together to bring the same enthusiasm and were hit by terrorists. we are facing the terror group
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which organized itself, they have substantial resources and they are striving on smuggle of oil, drug, human beings, and since the beginning of the year, they hit many countries, 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 share, share our determination, relentless determination to fight terrorism everywhere and anywhere. and to tell the world that we
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will not allow those who want to destroy what we have built, not allow them to do it. to destroy what we built generation after generation, they will not be able to damage the wororld and we need a joint response and a joint response. it's about destroying isol no matter where they are, taking out their financing and 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
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sharing regarding the targets. the priority is to take back key locations in syria, and a 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 undertake such terrible attacks, we will work together with our partners in the coalition in iraq and support all of those that are fightsing on the ground. the aim is to make sure these forces can be supported, helped, by all countries that are willing to act militarily to destroy isol. the resolution of the security
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council voted unanimously friday, after being introduced by france and supported by the united states this resolution provided us with the clear basis to act. this is what france is currently doing, our aircraft carrier is in the east of the mediterranean and allows us to enjoy more -- and yesterday the -- in addition we are provided assistance in iraqi fighters in the region of mos mosul. i would like to commend what everything that is being done so that intelligence and
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information available can be used to tackle terrorists and to follow their movement, so that we prevent them from doing what they want to. because young series, and iraq, what they want is some how to spread fear everywhere so that we doubt -- so that we make decisions which are exactly contrary 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 are working on a credible political transition in syria within the framework of the process and i commend the work done by ministers kerry to agree a timeline to enable a cease fire as soon as possible
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and open up a process that will lead to assad's departure, because we cannot imagine the syrians getting together gathering round the leader who is responsible for some of the 300,000 deaths in a few years. the government of unit is required but that must lead to assad's departure. the syrian crisis is directly relevant to europe, first of all giving the terrorist threats but also because there are millions of refugees fleeing the regime's bombs and atrocities, if we abandon them, we betray what we are, this is the region why i
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reject 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 therefore plays an important role and it's together with turkey 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 russia if russia concentrates its military attention against
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isol and if russia fully commits to the political solution in syria, this is what we want to do, gather all countries, all those that are willing to find and implement a coalition in syria, we don't want to exclude anyone but make sure this coalition can eradicate terrorism. next week on monday, we host in paris the climate conference. i certainly could not imagine that this conference would be taking place against such a background at the same time i think there could not be any better symbol or response but to hold the conference in paris where the attacks took place,
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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 and 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 find the right agreement so that we can limit greenhouse gas 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
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freedom, to the fight against 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 and values with the same word. life. yes, simply life. and this is the reason why i'm so pleased that president obama will allow us to succeed. i commend his recent statements over the past few weeks and months. and the commitment he made in the name of the united states as well as the name of the world. it was very important that one of the most powerful countries
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in the world, if not the most powerful, with their highest level of emissions could also be there to face the future like we have been facing history. what we'll be doing earlier next week in paris means that we can continue to live as well as protect our lives and prepare that of all our children. france and the united states given their history and the values, the founding values of both our nations, given our spirit. we both have the duty to act as a matter of urgency. ur urgently against terrorism and the future, against that
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background, even though it's a dire one i'm pleased to be with barack obama to send that message across to the entire world. thank you. >> we have time for a few questions. >> this is a question for both of you, what is your reaction to turkey shooting down a russian plane today and does this draw nato into a confrontation with russia, how do you keep this from spiraling out of control and what does this incident mean for future prospects of military coordination with russia? and president hollande, ahead of your trip to moscow on monday, what is your -- trip to russia given what happened today. >> first of all, we are still getting the details of what


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