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Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Published on March 11, 2011
Letter from Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, to Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan

Paris, March 11, 2011

Dear Prime Minister,

As Japan has just now been struck by an earthquake and tsunami on a massive scale, I should like to tell you how very deeply shocked I am and immediately express France’s support and solidarity for the Japanese people at this particularly difficult time.

I am being informed in real time of the developments in your country’s situation and of the death toll of this disaster. France is ready to respond to any potential request from Japan for help to confront this tragedy. I have confidence in the ability of Japan and her people to get through this extremely difficult ordeal.

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