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France to begin Syria reconnaissance flights, mulls air strikes

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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," Mr. 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 Defence Minister that from tomorrow reconnaissance flights begin over Syria that will enable us to consider air strikes against Islamic State."

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