Fights with climate change, terrorism linked – France’s Hollande

Image: French President Francois Hollande waits for guests at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, November 29, 2015 ahead of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21). REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) – The fights against terrorism and global warming are closely linked, French President Francois Hollande said as world leaders met in Paris for climate change talks two weeks after deadly Islamist militant attacks in the French capital.

Hollande also reiterated that any deal to try to keep any further rise in global temperatures down to 2 degrees centigrade needed to be “universal, differentiated and binding,” with richer countries contributing more than poor ones.

“I can’t separate the fight with terrorism from the fight against global warming,” he said at the opening of the talks.

“These are two big global challenges we have to face up to, because we have to leave our children more than a world freed of terror, we also owe them a planet protected from catastrophes.”

World peace is at stake in the talks, he said.

 

(Reporting by John Irish; writing by Andrew Callus)

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