'Other innocent people will die' - French PM

2016-06-15 16:21
A French police officer wears a black ribbon on his badge as he observes a minute of silence for a police officer and his partner who were killed by a man claiming allegiance to ISIS. (Bertrand Langlois, AFP)

A French police officer wears a black ribbon on his badge as he observes a minute of silence for a police officer and his partner who were killed by a man claiming allegiance to ISIS. (Bertrand Langlois, AFP)

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Paris - France's president and prime minister warned on Wednesday that the world faces a long war to defeat terrorism.

President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls spoke following the death of two police officials killed by an Islamic State extremist. Anti-terrorism investigators are questioning three suspects and are seeking to determine whether the attacker was working with a larger network.

The attack revived French concerns about the ISIS threat after the group targeted Paris last year.

Fighting terrorism is "a long war to wage not just in a few countries but in the whole world, everyone can be concerned", President Francois Hollande said in a speech at the Elysee Palace.

"I said we were at war, that this war will take a generation, that it will be long," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on France Inter radio.

"Other innocent people will die. It is very hard to say. People can accuse me - and I completely understand - of making the society even more fearful than it already is today with these events. But unfortunately, this is the reality. It will take a generation."

Attacker Larossi Abballa, who had a past terrorist conviction, recorded a video during the attack before being killed in a police raid.

The Paris suburb of Magnanville is holding a memorial ceremony for Jean-Baptiste Savaing, the 42-year-old police commander who was stabbed outside his house on Monday night, and his 36-year-old female companion, a police administrator whose name has not been released.


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