France to Invoke EU Defense Clause After Terrorism Hits Paris

Hollande Bolsters French Fight Against Islamic State

Germany will “attentively analyze” France’s request for European Union aid in combating terrorism following the Paris attacks, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said.

“We will do all in our power to offer help and support,” Von der Leyen told reporters on Tuesday before a meeting of EU defense ministers in Brussels. “Today is not a day of concrete decisions, today is a day of listening.”

France will become the first country to invoke the EU’s mutual-defense clause, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday. Defense Minister Jean-Yves le Drian will lay out France’s request at the Brussels meeting.

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