French leader pledges to step up military involvement in Iraq
France's President Francois Hollande and his companion Valerie Trierweiller (R) arrive at Cayenne airport, in the French overseas territory of Guiana on Dec. 13, 2013 (AFP)

French President Francois Hollande told Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi Friday his country was willing to step up its military support against jihadists.


"I came here to Baghdad to state France's availability in providing even more military assistance to Iraq," he said at a joint news conference after their meeting.

When asked about the specifics of further French involvement in the US-led foreign military operations to support Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces, Hollande was evasive.

He dodged questions on whether France might carry out airstrikes in Iraq and use its aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle.

"We will make decisions in due time. There are no details that can be revealed at this time, including as relates to the aircraft carrier," Hollande said.