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Solidarity is best response to Paris attacks: EU Foreign Policy Chief

Friday’s attacks in Paris have drawn international condemnations. Several countries and international organizations have declared support to the French government to fight against terrorism.

SOUNDBITE (GERMAN): ANGELA MERKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR
“We will do everything possible to assist in the hunt for the perpetrators and organisers and to jointly lead the fight against terrorists. This attack on freedom is not only for Paris, but hits us all. Therefore we will give the answer all together.”

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)FEDERICA MOGHERINI, EU Foreign Policy Chief
“This tells us very clearly that we are together in this. Europeans, Arabs, East and West, international community is all affected by terrorism and those who try to divide us and spread panic. And the best response to this is actually coming together. Coming together, overcoming our differences, and trying together to lead the way towards peace in Syria, delivering on this. This is what we are trying to do here today.”

SOUNDBITE: BASAR AL-ASSAD, Syrian President
“What France suffered from the savage terror is what the Syrian people have been enduring for five years, because terrorism is the same. We should not look to terrorism as something that happens in separate arenas, the Syrian, Yemeni and French are all one arena.”

French President Francois Holland has declared three days of mourning and raised the nation’s security to the highest level.

Meanwhile, Spain also raised its alert level to the highest since March 2004, when bomb explosions in Madrid killed 191 people.

The Italian government has also raised alert level to two, which means special military forces are ready to immediately intervene at need.

SOUNDBITE(ITALIAN): ANGELINO ALFANO, ITALIAN INTERIOR MINISTER
“We took two key decisions, an extraordinary strengthening of control over the territory and the strengthening of border controls.”

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