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French President calls for strong climate agreement


302px-François_Hollande_(Journées_de_Nantes_2012)French President, Francois Hollande, on Monday called for a climate agreement at the opening of a global summit in Paris saying, “never have the stakes of an international meeting been so high.”

He said that the agreement should include a commitment to cap temperature rise at 2 degrees Celsius and 1.5 degrees if possible while calling for a 5-year review and revisions based on scientific development.

Hollande also warned against isolating any country to face climate change alone.

Speaking after a moment of silence held by the more than 150 heads of state for the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov.13, Hollande said, “ I am not choosing between the fight against terrorism and the fight against global warming.”

He added that a changing climate would prompt even more conflict over resources “essentially what is at stake at this climate conference is peace”.

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