Davos 2015: France's Hollande urges big business to help in anti-terror fight

French President Francois Hollande arrives at the Congress Hall of the World Economic Forum venue in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos on Jan 23, 2015. French President Francois Hollande called Friday on business leaders gathered in Davos to ta
French President Francois Hollande arrives at the Congress Hall of the World Economic Forum venue in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos on Jan 23, 2015. French President Francois Hollande called Friday on business leaders gathered in Davos to take action in the fight against terrorism, saying the financial sector could help by cutting off the sources of funding for terror. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DAVOS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande called Friday on business leaders gathered in Davos to take action in the fight against terrorism, saying the financial sector could help by cutting off the sources of funding for terror.

“You, the lifeblood of the economic world, the biggest bosses of companies around the world, I ask you not only to be watchful but to also get involved,” Hollande said, two weeks after deadly attacks in Paris against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. “I call on the financial system to ensure that the sources of financing for terrorists are dried up,” he said.

He also urged “major digital corporations to play their role, to identify illegal content and to make them inaccessible and to establish clear rules, because you are also stakeholders”.

“I would strongly advocate for the economy to be a key in bringing security,” said the French leader.