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Hollande: Terror should not weaken France's Olympic bid

President Hollande arrives in Rio. Credit: Reuters

The terror attacks which have hit France in the past 18 months should not weaken the country's bid to host the 2024 Olympics, President Francois Hollande has said.

Every candidate city faces the question of terrorism. No country is immune.

Indeed the threat is there, but our country is ready to face up to it. And who knows what the world will look like in 2024?

– President Francois Hollande

President Hollande arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday to promote France's bid ahead of the opening ceremony.

Several festivals have been cancelled in France this summer as they do not meet security standards.

On Friday, Lille said it was cancelling this year's Lille Braderie, a flea market which dates back to the 12th century, while in Paris an Afghan migrant was arrested on suspicion of plotting an attack on the capital.

More than 200 people have been killed in terror attacks in France since January 2015.

France to step up military battle against IS in Iraq

President Francois Hollande made the announcement on Friday. Credit: Reuters

France is to ramp up its military efforts against so-called Islamic State in Iraq following the Bastille Day lorry attack in Nice.

President Francois Hollande announced that France would supply heavy weapons to Iraqi forces as early as next month.

But President Hollande said there are no plans to deploy troops on the ground there or in Syria.

Eighty four people died after Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a lorry into crowds on the Promenade des Anglais on July 14.

Five alleged accomplices have been charged with terror offences.

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