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Published on September 17, 2014
Reply by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to a question in the National Assembly (excerpts)

Paris, September 10, 2014


The terrorist group we’re talking about isn’t a state; it would like to be, but it’s not, and to call it a state is to do it a favour. Likewise, I recommend not using the expression “Islamic State”, because it leads to confusion between “Islam”, “Islamism” and “Muslim”. We’re talking about what the Arabs call “Daesh” and what I, for my part, would call the cut-throats of Daesh, because those people have only one idea: raping, crucifying and murdering. We must all be spurred into action to drive them back, neutralize them and rid ourselves of this. (…)./.

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