French President Francois Hollande says France will begin reconnaissance missions over Syria and could launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in the country. Gavino Garay reports.
So far, France has only taken part in air strikes against IS fighters in IRAQ -- out of concern that strikes in Syria could strengthen Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But that could change as early as Tuesday. President Francois Holland says the French need to know as much as possible about threats to their country -- as IS continues to cement its position in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE SAYING: "I have asked the defense minister that starting tomorrow we will begin reconnaissance flights over Syria that will enable us to consider air strikes against Islamic State by preserving our autonomy to decide and act." But Hollande also ruled out any ground intervention, leaving that up to Syrians and regional states to do the work on the ground. Hollande's remarks come as Britain also poises itself for a vote next month to authorize bombings against Islamic State targets in Syria.