France to begin Syria reconnaissance flights, mulls air strikes

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 07, 2015 5:39 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - France will begin reconnaissance missions over Syria on Tuesday and is considering launching air strikes against Islamic State militants in the country, President Francois Hollande said on Monday.

"We have proof that attacks have been planned from Syria against several countries, notably France," Hollande told a news conference.

"My responsibility is to ensure that we are informed as much as possible on the threats to our country ... so I have asked the defense minister that from tomorrow reconnaissance flights begin over Syria that will enable us to consider air strikes against Islamic State."

(Reporting by John Irish and Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by James Regan)