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France’s Hollande says world must be ‘extremely vigilant’

French President Francois Hollande says that world powers must be “vigiliant” vis-a-vis Iran, during a Bastille Day speech in which he praised today’s landmark nuclear agreement, AP reports.

“Now Iran has a bigger financial capacity, we need to be extremely vigilant on what Iran will be,” Hollande says in the televised speech.

French President Francois Hollande waits for the Tunisian President on April 7, 2015 at the Elysee palace in Paris. (photo credit: AFP / THOMAS SAMSON)
French President Francois Hollande waits for the Tunisian President on April 7, 2015 at the Elysee palace in Paris. (photo credit: AFP / THOMAS SAMSON)

He also calls on Iran for help in the Syrian conflict.

The deal shows the “world is moving forward” and that “Iran must show that it is ready to help us end the (Syrian) conflict,” Hollande says.

But he also notes that world powers must carefully watch how Iran uses the billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions it gets in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told newspaper Le Monde that the Iran deal was “sufficiently robust” to last 10 years.

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