French leader promises island nations that Paris talks will pursue ambitious climate deal

France's president is seeking to reassure island populations that their concerns about rising seas and extreme weather will be taken into account in critical global climate talks starting Monday.

President Francois Hollande, hosting U.N. talks near Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11, met leaders of southern Pacific island nations and territories Thursday.

He said he will push for "an ambitious accord, a binding accord, an accord that can be regularly revised" to limit global warming over the long term.

He said negotiators should pay special attention to concerns from island nations.

More than 140 world leaders are coming to Paris to launch the talks, which are aiming at the broadest global deal yet to slow man-made global warming.