US stands with France, Obama says

US President Barack Obama says the US will stand united with its French allies following a terrorist attack in Nice, France, vowing to destroy terrorist networks.

"We have stood together for two centuries, we will stand united now," Obama says of the long-standing allegiance with France after speaking with French President Francois Hollande and meeting with the French ambassador at a diplomatic reception at the White House.

"These individuals and networks are an affront to all of our humanity," Obama tells foreign diplomats, pledging to stand with partners across the globe to "destroy this vile terrorist organization."

Obama however also denounced vilifying all Muslims on the basis of the actions of a few and called a suggestion by former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for religious tests for Muslims "repugnant."

Last update: Fri, 15/07/2016 - 22:11
Author: 

More from Europe

Eurogroup finance ministers agree to debt relief for Greece

Finance ministers from the countries that use the euro agreed Monday in Brussels to a series of relief measures for...

Brexit campaign congratulates Italy on referendum rejection

A campaign that backed Britain's referendum to leave the European Union congratulates Italians on voting against a...

President tells Italy's Renzi to delay quitting until budget approved

Italian President Sergio Mattarella thwarted Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plan to quickly resign on Monday by...

Careful counting delays Austrian election end result until Tuesday

The announcement of Austria's presidential voting result was pushed back to Tuesday as election commissions applied...

Manuel Valls, France's ambitious former PM with sights set on Elysee

Ambitious is one of the words most frequently deployed to describe Manuel Valls.