#AceWorldNews – PARIS – September 25 – President Francois Hollande will convene an emergency meeting of his defence council Thursday after the beheading of Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old French tourist taken hostage in Algeria, AFP said.
Hollande said France would “never give in to blackmail” after the militants demanded an end to French military operations in Iraq.
Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said French combat jets were in the air on Thursday morning as:
France carried out air strikes in Iraq according to government spokesman Stephane Le Foll. The strikes were the first by French jets since September 19 when France joined the US military action against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq, Reuters reported.
He also voiced an opinion of France’s possible participation in air-strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is “on the table,” Reuters quoted the defence minister as saying on Thursday.
Jean-Yves Le Drian’s statement came hours after President Francois Hollande ruled out such strikes.
“The opportunity is not there today.
We already have an important task in Iraq and we will see in the coming days how the situation evolves,” Le Drian told RTL Radio, speaking about the possibility France might join raids in Syria.
AFP – RT – Reuters – RTL Radio