October 27, 2019 / 5:18 PM / 22 days ago

France's Macron says Baghdadi's death a blow for IS but it just a stage

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference at the end of the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a hard blow for Islamic State but that it is just a stage in the fight against the organization.

“Al-Baghdadi’s death is a hard blow against Islamic State, but it is just a stage. With our partners in the international coalition, the fight continues to finally defeat this terrorist organization. It is our priority in the Middle East,” Macron said on his Twitter feed.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by GV De Clercq; editing by David Evans

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