Hollande Kicks off Day of UN Meetings With Airstrikes News – ABC News

Developments from the final day of a record U.N. gathering of world leaders to launch sweeping development goals:


9:45 a.m.

The French president has jolted the final day of a major U.N. summit to life by announcing his country’s first airstrikes in Syria.

Francois Hollande spoke at a hastily arranged statement a few minutes before the beginning of a day of speeches by President Barack Obama and many others.

Hollande didn’t take questions Sunday morning after giving details about the strike on an Islamic State group training camp.

But when asked afterward whether this was the beginning of the end of the war in Syria, the French president smiled but said nothing.

World leaders have already begun a whirlwind series of closed-door meetings on Syria on the U.N. sidelines.


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