France is to push for a UN Security Council-backed global campaign against Islamic State (Isis). French diplomats have circulated a draft resolution that calls on member states to "redouble and coordinate their efforts" against IS in the wake of attacks in the French capital that left at least 129 people dead.
The French ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, said on Thursday: "The exceptional and unprecedented threat posed by this group to the entire international community requires a strong, united and unambiguous response from the security council.
"This is the goal of our draft resolution, which calls on all member states to take all necessary measures to fight Daesh [Isis]." Delattre said he was seeking rapid approval of the draft resolution from the council's members, with a vote expected as early as Friday, 20 November.
France's communique calls on "member states that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures – in compliance with international law, on the territory under the control of Isil – to redouble and coordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts".
It also urges member states to intensify efforts to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters to Iraq and Syria and to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism.
The resolution comes as EU interior ministers to meet for emergency talks on Friday, with subjects to include tightening regulations on illegal firearms and improving EU border security.
Russia and China are not expected to veto the French resolution, with IS believed to have brought down a Russian airliner in Egypt in October and to have executed a Chinese hostage. Previously, a resolution drafted by Russia calling for members to back Syria's President Assad against IS were blocked by members including the UK, France and the US, but Moscow's UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said he did not object to the French text, and the Russian resolution could be voted on at a later date.
The document does not provide any legal arguments for the military campaign against IS in Syria, and does not invoke chapter seven of the UN charter authorising the use of force. However, it would provide political backing for the campaign against IS.