This was in replica of the French participation with airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq. A video was distributing Wednesday on Twitter announcing Gourdel’s death. Gourdel was a 55-year-old mountaineering guide from Nice, seized in mountains of northern Algeria. “Herve Gourdel is dead because he is the representative of a people – ours – that defends human dignity against barbarity,” Hollande said. He reinforced the decision of his country to continue its fight against the Islamic State group. Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York the French President expressed his strong faith in the peace and security need saying: “My determination is total and this attack only reinforces it. We will continue to fight terrorism everywhere.” French forces joined on Friday the U.S. in carrying out airstrikes against extremists who have overrun large areas of Syria and Iraq.