Paris: Last evening turned a shocker for the people in Paris, France after the city was hit by a series of terrorist attacks, killing nearly 160 people.
French President François Hollande declared a “state of emergency” and ordered to close borders surrounding the country. “Faced with terror, France must be strong,” a shaken Hollande said on television as the enormity of the carnage sunk in, adding “we will be.” France “knows how to defend itself, knows how to mobilize its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists”. Three-day mourning has been declared in France, following the deadly attacks.
Condemning the terror attacks, US President Barack Obama stressed that the United States is “prepared and ready” to provide assistance to France.
“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 we share,” Obama said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also condemned the attack and said on Twitter:
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada has offered all the support it can to France following Friday’s attacks in Paris. He said on Twitter:
‘Deeply Shocked’ by the Paris attacks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “The German government is in contact with the French government and has expressed the sympathy and solidarity of the people in Germany,” Ms. Merkel said.
UK PM David Cameron expressed his sorrow over the attacks and said on Twitter:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condemned the deadly attacks in France’s capital Paris. He tweeted:
President Pranab Mukherjee added: “Strongly condemn terrorist attacks in Paris. India stands firmly with France, my heart goes out to its people.”
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday expressed deep shock and anguish on the deadly terror attacks in Paris.
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday expressed the “strongest” condemnation over the series of terror attacks in Paris on Friday night.
“At the sorrowful moment of the French people, I, on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, personally, condemn in the strongest terms the barbaric acts,” Xi said in a message of condolence to his French counterpart, Francois Hollande.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday strongly condemned the multiple terror attacks in Paris which killed more than 120 people.
“Pakistan stands firmly behind the people and the Government of France in this hour and extends its support to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Sharif said in a statement according to Radio Pakistan.
(With inputs from IANS)