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France votes to extend air strikes against ISIS

France’s lower house of Parliament voted overwhelmingly yesterday to approve extending French airstrikes against the armed group known as Islamic State (ISIS).

As many as 488 deputies voted in favour of extending the operation, one deputy voted against and 13 deputies abstained. French law requires a new vote on extending such operations after four months.

France joined the United States in conducting airstrikes against ISIS last year after the group took over sections of Iraq and Syria.

Gunmen attacked the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris leaving 12 people dead, including two policemen and eight journalists on Wednesday, followed by other attacks that claimed the lives of a further five people.

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