President François Hollande on Friday pledged to crush the Islamic State (IS) armed group at a ceremony of national homage to the victims of the 13 November Paris attacks.
La Marseillaise aux Invalides pour l'hommage national aux victimes du 13 novembre 2015 https://t.co/rX5pqV2mZO— Élysée (@Elysee) November 27, 2015
France will remain the same country the victims loved, he said, adding a tribute to French youth.
Hollande gave a "solemn promise" to do everything possible to "destroy the army of fanatics" that claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks in a 15-minute speech at the Invalides monument in Paris.
On Friday 13 November, that day we’ll never forget, France was cravely attacked, in an act of war organized from afar and coldly executed. A horde of murderers killed 130 of our people and wounded hundreds, in the name of a mad cause and a god betrayed.
Today the entire nation, its whole people, mourn the victims: 130 names, 130 lives snatched away, 130 destinies struck down, 130 laughs never to be heard again, 130 voices silenced forever. Those women, those men embodied the joy of living. It was because they were life that they were killed. It was because they were France that they were gunned down. It was because they were freedom that they were massacred.