France to boost military aid to Iraq

The move comes after the terror attack in Nice that killed 84 people last week

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France's President Francois Hollande during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin following talks in Moscow, Russia, Thursday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

Francois Hollande has said that France is increasing military aid for Iraq to fight Islamic State following the Nice attack last week.

84 people were killed when a lorry was driven through a crowd of people who had gathered to watch a Bastille Day fireworks display.

The French President said his country would supply heavy weapons to Iraqi forces as soon as next month, but said there were no plans to deploy troops on the ground there or in Syria.

President Hollande was in Dublin yesterday meeting with the Taoiseach to discuss the current security issues in Europe and the fallout from Brexit. 

The two leaders agreed on the urgent need to accelerate ongoing work on a range of EU counter-terrorism measures to "promote the closest and most effective cooperation between police and security services".

They also agreed that the best way of asserting and protecting Europe’s fundamental values is to "refuse to bow to terrorism" and its assault on those values.