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Hollande urges binding global climate deal, says it will help world peace

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French President Francois Hollande is urging a strong, binding global agreement to fight climate change, AP reports.

Hollande told other world leaders gathered near Paris on Monday that a solid global warming deal would help ensure world peace for future generations and reduce the number of refugees fleeing increasingly extreme weather.

He linked the fight against global warming to the fight against extremism, weeks after deadly attacks in Paris.

“What is at stake with this climate conference is peace,” he said at the opening of two weeks of talks.

“The fight against terrorism and the fight against climate change are two major global challenges we must face,” he said. He called for a “deep change” in human attitudes toward resources and the planet.