Hollande: Paris attacks ‘act of war’ by Islamic State

French President Francois Hollande says Friday’s gun and bomb attacks in Paris were organized by Islamic State, or ‘Daesh’, and constitute an “act of war”.

French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday (November 14) the attacks in Paris that killed 127 people were “an act of war” organized from abroad by Islamic State with internal help.

“Faced with war, the country has to take appropriate steps,” he said, without saying what that meant.

Hollande said he would address parliament on Monday (November 16) in an extraordinary meeting, and the country would observe three days of official mourning for the victims of Friday’s attacks.

The attacks at a stadium, concert hall and cafes and restaurants in northern and eastern Paris were “an act of war committed by a terrorist army — Daesh” that was “prepared, organized and planned from outside (of France)” with help from inside France, Hollande said, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

Islamic State issued a statement on Saturday saying they were behind the attacks.

The coordinated assault on Friday evening (November 13) came as France, a founding member of the U.S.-led coalition waging air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq, was on high alert for terrorist attacks ahead of a global climate conference due to open later this month.