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US response to 9/11 caused chaos & hurt France – Hollande

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America’s response to the September 2001 terrorist attacks, particularly the invasion of Iraq, fostered rather than curbed global terrorism, French President Francois Hollande has said, adding that France has suffered from US foreign policy choice

In a Facebook post commemorating the victims of the 9/11 attacks, Hollande criticized the way the administration of then President George W. Bush responded to the tragedy.

“The response that the American administration gave to these attacks… far from eradicating the threat, expanded it over a wider area. Namely to Iraq,” the French leader wrote, as quoted by AFP.

“And even though France, through [ex-President] Jacques Chirac, rightly refused to join the intervention [in Iraq] which it condemned, it has nonetheless been a victim of the consequences of the chaos it caused.”

The French president added that Islamists are targeting democracy, freedom, tolerance and culture, but that those values would ultimately triumph.

On September 11, 2001, terrorist group Al-Qaeda organized the hijacking of four planes, resulting in the biggest attack on America in modern history. Washington’s immediate response was to attack Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, which harbored the terrorist organization’s leader, Osama bin Laden.

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