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Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Published on March 10, 2011
Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, March 11, 2011

I was shocked to hear that a powerful earthquake and tsunamis have hit Japan today, causing – according to a provisional toll – deaths and a large number of injuries, in addition to very widespread destruction.

France hails the courage being shown right now by all those spurred into action on the ground to come to the aid of the people affected.

In these particularly painful circumstances, France expresses her full solidarity with the people and government of Japan. She offers her condolences to the bereaved, as well as to the Japanese authorities.

France stands ready to provide assistance to Japan if the authorities of that country so wish./.

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