Chirac condemns Istanbul attacks

20th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 20 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac condemned "in the strongest terms" Thursday's two bomb attacks against British targets in Istanbul that left at least 25 dead and 390 injured, his spokeswoman said.

PARIS, Nov 20 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac condemned "in the strongest terms" Thursday's two bomb attacks against British targets in Istanbul that left at least 25 dead and 390 injured, his spokeswoman said.

In a letter to his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Chirac said he was "dismayed by the terrorist violence that has once again hit" Turkey, conveying France's solidarity and his condolences to the victim's families.

"You can be assured of our full support in your unceasing efforts in the fight against terrorism," the French leader said.

The two suicide bombings targeted the British consulate in Istanbul and the offices of the British banking giant HSBC.

Attacks last Saturday on two synagogues in Istanbul left another 25 dead and more than 300 injured.

In a letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chirac reiterated France's condemnation of what he called "odious terrorist acts" and said Paris "will not spare any effort, alongside the United Kingdom, to fight tirelessly against terrorism, no matter what the source."

© AFP

Subject: French news




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