July 22, 2016 / 11:37 AM / 3 years ago

France to send heavy weapons to Iraq: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande arrives to deliver a statement at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Friday France would supply heavy weapons to Iraqi forces as soon as next month and that there were no plans to deploy troops on the ground there and in Syria.

France has said it would ramp up efforts to fight Islamic State after an attack in the Riviera city of Nice that killed 84 people last week.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Maya Nikolaeva; Editing by Leigh Thomas

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