PARIS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- France would support international action to combat Islamist insurgents in Iraq and protect civilians and minorities in the conflict-torn country where fresh fighting forced tens of thousands of people to displace, French President Francois Hollande said Friday.
"The international community cannot ignore the threat represented by the advance of this terrorist group for the local population, the stability not only of Iraq but of the whole region," Hollande stressed.
"France will examine with the United States and other international partners what actions could be undertaken to end civilian suffering. We are ready to take responsibility for our part," he added.
In a statement issued by his office, the head of state strongly condemned "the intolerable abuses" of Islamic State fighters against Iraqi people mainly "vulnerable minorities such as Christians and Yazidis."
Furthermore, Hollande called on his European partners "to quickly play an active role" to provide Iraqi authorities with needed means "in response to this catastrophic situation."
Earlier in the day, the United States launched air strikes against Islamist fighters in Iraq, the first attack since Washington pulled out its troops from Iraq in 2011.
The American attack came after the Islamic State insurgents seized major towns of Talkif and Qaraqoush in southeastern of Mosul, putting the country's security and all the region stability at risk.