World leaders condemn Paris attacks

World leaders express solidarity with France as wave of gun and bomb attacks in Paris claims at least 129 lives, injures many others

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

US President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the terror attacks in Paris, at the White House in Washington.

World leaders have expressed their shock at the wave of gun and bomb attacks which took place at several locations across Paris late on Friday. 

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday blamed DAESH terrorist organisation for the deadly attacks, describing them as an "act of war."

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins reported the number of deceased as 129, adding that the death toll could rise after the attacks that also injured at least 200 people.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the killings ahead of the two-day G20 summit that will begin on Sunday in the Turkish city of Antalya.

"We share the pain of both President Hollande and the French people, and I extend my condolences to our French friends." he said.

"Turkey knows very well the meaning of terror and its results.” 

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also expressed solidarity with France on his official Twitter account:

The Vatican on Saturday in a statement described the deadly attacks in Paris as "mad terrorist violence" and pointed out the importance of a decisive response to prevent the increase of "homicidal hatred."

President Barack Obama said Friday evening that the attacks in France are an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”

“This is an attack not just on Paris. It’s an attack not just on the people of France. But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,” Obama said, offering “whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond.”

“We stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism,” he said at the White House. “Those that think they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cancelled his visits to Italy, France and Vatican and called the atrocities in France as “crimes against humanity," state media reported.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks, saying, "the secretary-general condemns the despicable terrorist attacks carried out today in various locations in and around Paris," according to a statement from his spokesman.

"The secretary-general extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He stands with the government and people of France."

The UN Security Council also condemned what it called "the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks."

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on his official Twitter account:



German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement: "My thoughts in these hours are with the victims of these apparently terrorist attacks, their relatives, and all people in Paris."

"The German government is in contact with the French government and has expressed the sympathy and solidarity of the people in Germany, " she said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he was “deeply shocked by the horrific terrorist attacks across Paris."

"We stand strong and united in the fight against terrorism. Terrorism will never defeat democracy."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted: 

European Council President Donald Tusk said on his Twitter account: 

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also tweeted: 

People hug on the street near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal attacks in Paris, France [Reuters]

Chinese President Xi Jinping also condemned Friday's attacks in a telephone call to Hollande, offering condolences to the victims and their families, according to a report published on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website.

Russian news agencies reported Russian presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the Kremlin condemned the "hateful" string of attacks and the "inhuman murders" in Paris.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered condolences and support to President Hollande and the French people, the country's TASS news agency reported. 

Following the attacks, French President Francois Holande declared a state of emergency across France, closing national borders. 

Authorities in Paris have also announced that all metro stations, schools and universities are to be closed.

France has not witnessed such atrocities since the deadly attacks which took place in January targeting Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery left 20 dead, including the three attackers.

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