American President Barack Obama said his thoughts and prayers and those of the American people were with the people of France on Friday as he reacted to news of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
President Obama called the coordinated attacks “an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”
“We want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism,” Obama said.
“The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness. We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of Liberté, égalité, fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are the values that we share.”
Speaking as events were still unfolding and hostages were still being held, Obama said he did not want to speculate on who may be responsible for the attacks but said the American government stands ready to offer any assistance the French government may need.
Obama said that he had been speaking with French President Francois Hollande earlier in the day in preparation for the G-20 meetings but that he had chosen not to reach out at what is surely a busy time for Hollande.
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