Air Products chief 'horrified' over attack at French plant

26th June 2015, Comments 0 comments

The boss of the US firm that owns a French factory targeted in a grisly suspected Islamist attack said Friday that he was "horrified and saddened" by the events.

Seifi Ghasemi, chief executive of Air Products, was reacting after an attacker pinned a businessman's severed head to the gates of a gas plant in eastern France and tried to set off an explosion.

"I believe I speak for all of our Air Products family around the world in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim of this unspeakable act," Ghasemi said in a statement.

"My heart also goes out to the people who work at the site and their families. This incident reinforces that we all need to take safety and security very seriously, every day, and remain vigilant in everything we do."

The victim was found with Arabic inscriptions scrawled on him and Islamic flags were also found on the site near the small town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Lyon.

Ghasemi, also chairman and president of the company, said that all of its local employees "are safe and accounted for."

Based near Philadelphia, international firm Air Products produces gases and chemicals used in a range of manufacturing processes.

It had more than 20,000 employees around the world and an annual turnover of $10.4 billion.


© 2015 AFP

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