President Francois Hollande said Wednesday France was ready “to step up actions” against Islamic State militants in Iraq and “carry them out with speed and efficiency.”

“We will continue to provide military support to Iraq, which is the victim of a large-scale terrorist attack,” Hollande said in a joint statement with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

France was quick to join the military action of the US-led coalition but Paris has so far refused to join the United States in its air war against IS in Syria. […]