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Au Revoir Freedom Fries? France calls for action in Iraq

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Posted at 10:33 AM, Sep 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-15 11:41:18-04

It’s the country whose refusal to join the U.S. invasion in Iraq prompted the renaming of Freedom Fries. Question now is, what kind of military assistance will France bring to this go-around? 

That’s the question Paris might answer Monday when it hosts dozens of the world’s foreign ministers to discuss the ISIS situation. 

This, as the U.S. tries to cobble together an international coalition.

The State Department says more than 40 countries have signed on to the U.S.-led plan in Iraq and Syria, but it’s unclear what role most of these countries will play. France is no exception, but here’s what we know so far.

France has started flying reconnaissance missions over Iraq and has provided arms to the Kurdish forces fighting ISIS. As for whether it will join the U.S. in airstrikes, France says it's ready to participate but hasn't said when.