Former French PM calls for anti-terrorism coalition

France’s former prime minister Francois Fillon has called for the creation of a world anti-terrorism coalition that would include Russia and Iran.

PARIS (Sputnik) – Fillon stressed that the threat of terrorism is a world threat and that the spread of radical Islamism must be prevented with the creation of a "world coalition."

"We have to do it with the Russians, the Iranians, with those who would like to help us," Fillon said during right-wing presidential primary debates on Thursday night, as quoted by Le Figaro.

A US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been conducting airstrikes against the Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq since 2014. The strikes in Syria, however, are not authorized by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad or by the United Nations Security Council. Last month, the UK Parliament's Defence Committee said in a report that active military cooperation with Russia in fighting against Daesh should be agreed upon by the US-led international coalition.