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Published on February 24, 2011
Earthquake in Christchurch – Letter from Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, to John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Paris, February 22, 2011

Prime Minister,

A few hours ago, an earthquake once again struck the city of Christchurch. I should like to tell you how deeply shocked I am and immediately express France’s support for New Zealanders at this difficult time.

I am being informed in real time of the developments in your country and very much hope that the already very heavy death toll of this disaster does not increase any further. I have confidence in New Zealand’s ability to cope with this calamity.

(complimentary close, with handwritten addition)./.

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