Paris, January 12, 2016
I was deeply shocked to learn of this morning’s attack in Istanbul, in the tourist area of Sultanahmet, which killed at least 10 people and injured many others.
I utterly condemn this heinous attack and express France’s wholehearted solidarity to the Turkish people and the authorities of that country, which has once again been hit hard.
I extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and close friends.
At my request, crisis units were immediately set up in Paris and Istanbul. A telephone hotline has been set up in Paris: 01 43 17 56 46.
Our Consulate General in Istanbul and the Quai d’Orsay’s crisis and support centre are mobilized.
Our citizens present in Turkey were immediately advised to be vigilant./.