Obama: Turkey Has Right to Defend Its Airspace

Also: 'Nous sommes tous Francais'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2015 1:18 PM CST
Obama: Turkey Has Right to Defend Its Airspace
President Obama and French President Francois Hollande participate in a news conference in the East Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Obama and French President Francois Hollande met Tuesday in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, with perhaps the most newsworthy moment coming when they were asked about Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet. "Turkey, like every country, has the right to defend its territory and its airspace," Obama said at their news conference, per the Washington Post. But he also said he'd work to "discourage any escalation" of tension as the incident was investigated. Other highlights, via the New York Times and USA Today:

  • Obama: "Nous sommes tous Francais." ("We are all French.")
  • Obama: "When tragedy struck that evening, our hearts broke, too. ... I want to salute the people of Paris for showing the world how to stay strong in the face of terrorism."
  • Obama: "As Americans, we all have a role to play in the way we respond to threats. ... We cannot give them the victory of changing how we go about living our lives."

  • Hollande: Obama "was the first one to call me" after the attacks, he said, expressing thanks for that and for broader messages of support from Americans.
  • Hollande: "After 9/11, we all felt American," he said of the French. "But after the 13th of November," Americans returned the favor.
  • Hollande: “We will not allow those who want to destroy what we have built. ... We need a joint response." The Paris attacks may have "generated a lot of emotion, but that’s not enough. We must act."
(More Francois Hollande stories.)

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