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Published on March 23, 2016
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, March 22 , 2016

The French President expresses his full solidarity with the Belgian people.

He is in constant contact with the Belgian authorities to lend them all the support they might need in these tragic circumstances.

The attacks in Brussels strike at the whole of Europe. This means it must take the essential measures, given the seriousness of the threat. France, which was attacked itself in January and November 2015, is playing its full part in this. It will continue to fight terrorism implacably, at both international and domestic level.

In these circumstances, the French government has decided to further step up the security operation and policing at the borders and on transport infrastructure.

The President expresses his sincere condolences to the victims’ families and close friends, and his full friendship to Belgium./.

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