France says it won't give in to terrorism, following the beheading of citizen

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François Hollande, President of France, UN Photo/Mark Garten

The President of France has said that his country has never given in to terrorism.

Francois Hollande was speaking in the UN Security Council on Wednesday following the beheading of one of its citizens in Algeria.

President Hollande said that terrorism is not new but that it has taken on another dimension.

He said terrorist acts, however terrible, can serve to strengthen nations.

(French, followed by English interpretation)
"Herve Gourdel was as French citizen who was in Algeria on vacation and he was taken hostage on Sunday and he was assassinated under terrible conditions. He was beheaded. It is not the first time that France has been affected by terrorist acts and we have never given in. Every time we come out of these things more robust with greater solidarity."  (29″)

During Wednesday's meeting, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution which urges governments around the world to cooperate in stopping foreign terrorist fighters from travelling to conflicts in other countries.

It expressed concern that terrorist groups have established international networks to move fighters and resources to trouble spots.

The resolution mentioned the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or ISIL, the Al-Nusrah Front and other cells, affiliates and splinter groups of Al-Qaida.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1'29"


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