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George W. Bush

French president's security stance draws Bush comparison

France's Socialist President Francois Hollande is drawing comparisons to former Republican President George W. Bush by tacking rightward with a forceful declaration of war on the Islamic State group he holds responsible for what some are calling France's 9/11.

Hollande's bold talk of a war on terror is comforting to many French people still in shock, harkening back for many to Bush's macho stance as he addressed crowds in New York through a megaphone.

Yet it's uncertain whether the tough posture will be enough to restore the image of the least popular president in modern French history — or to prevent far right leader Marine Le Pen from capitalizing on the attacks to...