France thanks PH for expression of sympathy, world leaders condemn Paris terrorist attacks


France has expressed gratitude to the Philippines for its expression of sympathy following last Friday’s deadly attacks that left more than 100 people killed in Paris.

“We are deeply touched by the heartfelt expressions of support in the Philippines extended by President Benigno S. Aquino III, the national and local authorities, the people of the Philippines,” the French Embassy said in a statement.

“France will always fight against extremism and stand for the values of democracy and human rights enshrined in our national motto ‘Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite which was coined in Paris centuries ago,” it said. “Today we are all Parisians.”

Gunmen and bombers late Friday launched coordinated attacks in restaurants, bars, a sports stadium and a concert hall, in an assault blamed by the French government on the Islamic State.

French President Francois Hollande is set to address parliament on Monday and declared three days of national mourning.

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Meanwhile, the world is mourning with France, the victims of Friday’s terror assaults in Paris that claimed the lives of at least 129 people. Security has been tightened up globally as Islamic State, who claimed responsibility for the massacre, threatened more violence.

Outpouring of sympathy and condemnation of the terrorist attack come from world leaders.

Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday condemned in its strongest term the series of terrorist attacks in Paris that claimed more than 150 lives and injured some 200 others Friday night, a statement of Presidential Palace released here said.

Pakistan on Saturday condemned a series of attacks in Paris and extended condolences to the French government and bereaved families.

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday that the deadly terror attacks in Paris require joint international efforts and added that there is no excuse for terrorism.

“We feel the pain of the French people. There is no (sic) and can not be any excuse for terrorist crimes. The tragedy in Paris urges us to unite in the struggle against extremism and to give a resolute and decisive battle to terrorists’ actions” the statement by the Russian government’s press service said.

Friday attacks in the French capital occurred at six different locations, including the Bataclan concert hall and the Stade de France stadium. They took the lives of over 150 people

Above is United States President Barack Obama as he delivers a statement on the attacks in Paris. November 13, 2015.

(Mixed wire sources PNA /Sputnik)


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