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Denmark/shootings in Copenhagen

Published on February 18, 2015
Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, at the Danish Embassy

Paris, February 15, 2015

I wanted to come here, to the Danish Embassy in Paris, to express to the Ambassador – as I have already done to the Prime Minister – France’s solidarity with the Danish people.

What happened yesterday was in fact already at work in France more than a month ago. The same targets were chosen by the terrorists. First of all, a cultural centre where freedom of expression was being debated; a film-maker was killed there. And then, afterwards, police were struck because they were protecting that place,

because they were also protecting another place, a synagogue, because the same terrorist wanted to attack a place where Jews went to pray. We can see clearly that in Denmark, in France, there’s a link; it doesn’t confirm a network but simply the same determination by the terrorists to strike at what we are, what we represent, the values: values of freedom, the law and the protection which every citizen, regardless of their religion, must be afforded.

Denmark and France are today one nation, experiencing the same sadness, the same misfortune, but also the same determination to resist, combat and indeed defeat terrorism.

Thank you./.

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