Some of Iraq’s persecuted Christians arrived in France on Thursday.
They were flown in after Paris said it would take several hundred as refugees.
The French government has also promised support, including weapons, for those who stay behind to fight Islamic State, alongside the Kurds.
Meeting the arrivals was French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who insisted on the urgency of the crisis in Iraq.
“We need humanitarian action. This is why France is sending food. But the refugees also need organisational aid and security. Islamic State is the reason for all this, so we have to get the means to defeat them into Iraqi hands, so they can fight them,” said Fabius In Paris.
Many Iraqi Christians reportedly want to emigrate to France.
Paris has already begun arming the Kurds along with the US and Britain as they possess Iraq’s only credible fighting force right now, and they are protecting Christians or anyone seeking refuge in their territory.
One thing is sure; Kurdistan and its neighbours cannot cope with one great wave of refugees after another, so it is time to fight. The Kurds are not waiting for weapons to arrive and are out buying their own.