It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the statement, but it bore the group's logo and resembled previous statements issued by the group. French President Francois Hollande had earlier blamed the attacks on the IS group, calling it 'an act of war' and vowing to strike back.

Islamic State released an undated video today urging Muslims who are unable to travel to Syria to wage holy war to carry out attacks in France.

"Indeed you have been ordered to fight the infidel wherever you find him, what are you waiting for? There are weapons and cars available and targets ready to be hit," said an Islamic State militant in the video.

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