Paris Mayor voices solidarity with Londoners over attack

Anne Hidalgo’s reaction to the terrorist attack in London

“I was outraged to hear this afternoon about the terrorist attack near the House of Commons in London, in which many people were injured and at least three died.

“My first thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. I want to tell them that the people of Paris share their pain and sadness. I also want to express my solidarity to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and my friend, and to all Londoners and the whole British people.

“Paris and London have close ties of friendship which have been continuously strengthened over recent decades. They share the same love of freedom and the same commitment to democracy. They are two tolerant and cosmopolitan cities, open to the world, which draw their strength from their diversity.

“Whatever the attackers’ motives, they will not succeed in damaging this system, or in challenging our way of life. We are united in the face of all forms of extremism and violence. We are standing, we are not afraid and we shall in no way give in.

“Finally, my thoughts go out especially to the pupils of the Lycée Saint-Joseph in Concarneau, who were on a school trip to London at the time of the tragedy. At least three of them are reportedly injured. I wholeheartedly wish them a speedy recovery.”

Published on 29/03/2017

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