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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    After a series of terrorist attacks in Paris and the explosion on board the Russian Airbus A321, ISIL shouldn’t think that they have defeated France and Russia, Jean-Maurice Ripert, the French Ambassador to Russia, told the newspaper Kommersant in an exclusive interview.

    France and Russia aren't scared of ISIL or any other terrorist organization. Throughout history both the French and Russian people have defeated much more formidable enemies than ISIL, Ribert said.

    "I want to emphasize that France doesn't surrender, Europe doesn't surrender. And as far as I know Russia doesn't surrender either," Ripert said in an interview.

    The two countries should continue working together for the future of a free and peaceful world, the French Ambassador said.

    Terrorists shouldn't think that if France and Russia are democracies, they're weak. It's exactly the opposite: the countries are strong because they're democracies, Ribert pointed out.

    At least 129 people were killed and over 350 injured in a series of coordinated suicide bombings and mass shootings in Paris on November 13. ISIL claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks.

    Following the violent killings of innocent Friday night revelers, French authorities declared a state of emergency in the country and increased nationwide anti-terror security measures.

    Earlier this week, Hollande called for a broad coalition including the United States and Russia to tackle ISIL. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia and France's navies must develop a joint plan of action for their operations in Syria.

    Hollande is scheduled to travel to Moscow on November 26 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which the two leaders will negotiate an international anti-terrorism operation in Syria. Prior to meeting with Putin, the French President will also visit the United States to meet with Barack Obama.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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