‘We have to fight this war’ Hollande takes immediate action in Normandy (TAKE NOTE MERKEL)

The French president was quick to arrive at the scene in the town of Saint Etienne du Rouvray after two attackers, allegedly shouting “Allah Akbar”, stormed a church and took hostages at around 10am local time.

Speaking at the scene, the president said France was “at war” with the barbaric Islamic State and slammed what he described as a “vile terrorist attack”.

He called for the country to fight the war against ISIS “by all means”.