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Attacks in Paris

Published on November 16, 2015
Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, following the attacks in Paris
Paris, November 14, 2015

The security forces have once again been called to intervene under extremely difficult conditions, and the terrorists who took position, including in a place very near here, have been killed. I want to express our admiration for all those services – doctors, firefighters, civil protection – who dedicated themselves to helping throughout the night. Many people were wounded, seriously wounded; those wounded people are shocked, shocked by what they saw.

So we wanted to be here, among all those who saw those terrible things, to tell them we’re going to fight this battle.

It will be merciless, because when terrorists are capable of carrying out such atrocities they must be certain that they will face a determined France, a united France, a France that comes together and a France that will not be cowed, even though today it is extremely shocked at this tragedy, which is appalling because it is barbaric.

Thank you./.

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