March 23, 2019 / 11:51 AM / a month ago

Macron hails Islamic State defeat as ending a 'major danger' for France

A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walks near damaged vehicles after the U.S.-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State's last shred of territory, in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that a “major danger for France” had been eliminated, after U.S.-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State’s last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz.

“A huge step has been taken today. A major danger for our country is eliminated,” Macron wrote on Twitter.

“But the menace remains and the struggle against terrorist groups must continue,” Macron said, while French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly posted on Twitter that “Islamic State no longer has any territory, but it has not disappeared.”

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alexander Smith

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