‘Black Friday’ for France

As multiple gun attacks and blasts rips through the French capital, leaders from across the world reacted in shock condemning the attack and have extended their full support to France at this crucial time.

The nation was left in mourning and the world in unbelievable shock as hundreds were killed in the coordinated attacks late on Friday where over 150 people lost their lives.

French president Francois Hollande addressed the media near the site of the largest loss of life in the Paris attacks, the Bataclan concert hall, promising a “merciless” fight from a unified France.

“Strongly condemn terrorist attacks in Paris, India stands firmly by France, my heart goes out its people,” Indian President Pranab Mukerjee tweeted.

Condemning the ‘senseless violence’, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi offered his condolences to the people of France and said that ‘terror cannot defeat freedom and liberty’ and that this has only strengthened the resolve of people to fight against terrorism.

U.S President Barack Obama said the attack was not just on France but on humanity and swore to help bring the perpetrators to justice.

“Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorise 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. The US stands prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and people of France need to respond,” Obama said from the White House.

He added that the U.S Government will do whatever it takes to work with France to bring the terrorists to justice and hunt down any terrorist networks that go after the people of their nation.

President Obama on the situation in Paris

President Obama delivers a statement on the attacks across Paris.

Posted by The White House on Friday, 13 November 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a statement saying she was ‘deeply shaken’ by the horrific series of events and that her thoughts were with the victims “of the apparent terrorist attack.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemning ‘the despicable terrorist attacks’ and demanded the immediate release of numerous hostages held in the Bataclan theater.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also offered his condolences, saying he was shocked by the ‘brazen attack’ and vowed to extend all help possible.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau also condemned the attacks and said that Canada stands in support of France.

“News from Paris is anguishing & dreadful. Prayers with families of the deceased. We are united with people of France in this tragic hour,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

French President Francois Hollande sent out a strong message in a televised address to the grief and horror struck nation, asking them to stay united and swore the assailants responsible will face the consequences.

“As I speak, terrorist attacks of unprecedented proportions are underway in the Paris area. There are dozens killed, there are many injured. It is a horror. Faced with terror, France must be strong, it must be great and the state authorities must be firm. We will be. What the terrorists want is to scare us and fill us with dread. There is indeed reason to be afraid. There is dread, but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that knows how to defend itself, that knows how to mobilise its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists,” the President said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, where twin bombings on a peace rally in Ankara last month killed 102 people, offered his condolences.

“As a country that knows very well the manner and consequences of terrorism, we understand perfectly the suffering that France is experiencing now,” he said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani branded the attacks “crimes against humanity” as Tehran announced he would postpone a scheduled trip to Paris.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini tweeted that she was “in the process of following with pain and dread the events in Paris”.

“Europe is with France and the French people,” she said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised the French people for their response, describing France as “the home of freedom”.

The deadly attack reportedly began in the French capital at a soccer stadium where a match was underway as explosions set off. Simultaneously, terrorists armed with AK-47s and bombs strapped to them began attacking in different sites throughout the city.

A bloodbath was reported from the Bataclan concert hall where more than 100 were killed as terrorists opened fire for 15 minutes and even shot hostages at point blank range.

A state of emergency has been declared in France and all borders have been shut down until further notice while military reinforcements have been called in.

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