EU chief Juncker says 'deeply shocked' by attacks in Paris

14th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and NATO head Jens Stoltenberg both said they were "deeply shocked" by the attacks in Paris Friday that have left at least 120 people dead.

"I am deeply shocked by the events in Paris. We stand in full solidarity with the people of France," Juncker said on his Twitter account.

In a later message to French President Francois Hollande, Juncker, the former prime minister of Luxembourg, said he was "revolted to see that France is at this same moment hit by the most odious terrorism."

Writing in French, he added: "I think about the victims, the wounded, the rescue (services). I trust the authorities and the French people to overcome this new ordeal together."

Other members of the European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation European Union in Brussels, have also reacted to the attacks.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, also writing in French, tweeted that she "is in the process of following with pain and dread the events in Paris."

Mogherini, the multi-lingual former Italian foreign minister, added: "Europe is with France and the French people."

Echoing the commission was Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general, who 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."

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