Former French President Francois Hollande said the authorities did everything they could to prevent attacks on the country, including launching military strikes on jihadist training camps in Syria and Iraq.
Hollande appeared in court today, Thursday, to testify in France’s largest-ever criminal trial over the attacks by the Islamic State group on November 13, 2015, which killed 130 people and wounded more than 400 in simultaneous suicide bombings and mass shootings across the capital. French.
Hollande assured the court that “the government did not have information that could stop the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks,” adding: “If you had the slightest doubt about what we did, I would tell you I’m sorry and ask for forgiveness…but that’s not my style. I understand the suffering of the victims, and I try In my responses to the court, I affirm that everything was done as it should.”
Hollande stressed that “the intelligence services did everything in their power to identify and neutralize the threats,” noting that “French officials had known for months that the country could be targeted, and it was known that ISIS elements were entering the country disguised as refugees.” .But we didn’t know where, when and how they would hit us.”
Hollande said he did not believe that “the attackers launched an attack on France because of the French military intervention. This attack is not because of our actions abroad, but because of our way of life at home,” stressing that “democracy will always be stronger than barbarism.”
He stressed that he stood firmly by the French military intervention in Iraq and Syria in 2014 and 2015, considering that “the biggest victims of terrorism are Muslims.”
Source: “The Guardian”