#ParisAttacks: Shockwaves, condolences & shut borders
The United Nations Security Council issued a statement condemning barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks.
LONDON - World leaders responded with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night, though there was little action any could immediately take.
The United Nations Security Council issued a statement condemning " barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks" involving assailants using guns and bombs on several venues, including the national sports stadium and a major music venue.
Divided on many issues, including on the war in Syria that has fueled Islamist violence, the United States and Russia both voiced their support in messages to French President Francois Hollande.
"Once again we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians," said US President Barack Obama. "We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need."
"Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong," Obama said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his deep condolences to Hollande and all the people of France following the "horrible terrorist attacks in Paris", the Kremlin said in a statement.
"Russia strongly condemns this inhumane killing and is ready to provide any and all assistance to investigate these terrorist crimes."
In January, an attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo left 12 people dead. A second siege ended with the deaths of four hostages.
The Western defense alliance NATO said it stood with France, a founder member. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, "I am deeply shocked by the horrific terrorist attacks across Paris tonight. My thoughts are with the families of the victims, with all those affected, and with the people of France.
"We stand strong and united in the fight against terrorism. Terrorism will never defeat democracy."
My thoughts & prayers go to the city of Paris I have no words#prayforParis#France— Milow the Girl (@MilowTheGirl) November 14, 2015
Sending my love to Paris x
- cas (@casxvii) November 14, 2015
I will be chairing a meeting of COBRA this morning following the horrifying and sickening terror attacks in Paris.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 14, 2015
The true scale of the Paris attacks this morning is both shocking, appalling and heartbreaking. Thoughts with anyone involved there.— Pc Alan Conran (@PcAlanConran) November 14, 2015
- James (@JStahh_) November 14, 2015
Our thoughts are with all those in Paris. pic.twitter.com/1OfE0R5HjB— Heart (@thisisheart) November 14, 2015
As we mourn for Paris we should also remember to be critical of any government response that curbs civil liberties. pic.twitter.com/DEVvaL5kM4— Jonathan McIntosh (@radicalbytes) November 14, 2015
Picture: Teams at Barcelona football school hold minute of silence before today's games after attacks in Paris [fcb] pic.twitter.com/6Ps0bxGERE
- barcastuff (@barcastuff) November 14, 2015
On a somber bus in Paris. Middle-aged couple near me turn and kiss, a light kiss. People smile. #onwego— Linda McLean (@ElleMcElle) November 14, 2015
i could have been one of the victims.. i remember passing those streets.. i'm crying my prayers go out to everyone in paris stay safe please
- aylin (@Schokokeeeeksx3) November 14, 2015
In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose foreign minister was attending a France-Germany soccer match with Hollande when the stadium was attacked, said, "I am deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris.
"The German government is in contact with the French government and has passed on a message of sympathy and solidarity from the German people."
British Prime Minister David Cameron said, "I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help."
In Brussels the leaders of European Union institutions, which have been trying to coordinate security responses since the Islamist attacks in Paris in January, joined the chorus.
"I am confident the authorities and the French people will overcome this new trial," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.
European Council President Donald Tusk said he was following events "with horror".