French President Macron hails Islamic State defeat as ending a 'major danger' for France

File photo of French President Emmanuel Macron. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Paris, France Mar 23, 2019, 05.56 PM (IST)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said that a "major danger for France" had been eliminated after US-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State's last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz.

"A huge step has been taken today. A major danger for our country is eliminated," Macron wrote on Twitter.

"But the menace remains and the struggle against terrorist groups must continue," Macron said, while French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly posted on Twitter that "Islamic State no longer has any territory, but it has not disappeared."