Hollande terms Paris attack as an act of war by ISIS, declares 3-day of mourning

French president Francois Hollande

New Delhi, Nov 14: French President Hollande has held the ISIS responsible for the carnage in Paris and declared three days of mourning in the nation.

In his second statement, Hollande said: .”Paris attacks were an act of war by Islamic State jihadists. The attacks were carried out by eight gunmen and suicide bombers and were planned and organised from abroad with help from inside France.”

He said: “France is strong and even if she is wounded, she will always get up.”

The President confirmed that 127 have been killed in the deadly series of attacks and asserted that it was ‘more necessary than ever’ to coordinate against terrorism.

In an attack that is being touted as the deadliest of its kind that Paris has faced since World War II which has left the nation reeling from grief, Hollande in a strong message earlier, swore to the country that he intends to take revenge on those who committed the ‘barbaric’ act.

French President Francois Hollande sent out a strong message in a televised address to the grief and horror struck nation, asking them to stay united and swore the assailants responsible will face the consequences.

“As I speak, terrorist attacks of unprecedented proportions are underway in the Paris area. There are dozens killed, there are many injured. It is a horror. Faced with terror, France must be strong, it must be great and the state authorities must be firm. We will be. What the terrorists want is to scare us and fill us with dread. There is indeed reason to be afraid. There is dread, but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that knows how to defend itself, that knows how to mobilise its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists,” he said.

World leaders condemn horror

As Paris lay under siege and reports emerged of multiple attacks and explosions throughout the city, World leaders reacted in shock condemning the attack and extended their full support to France in this horrific time.

The nation was left in mourning and the world in unbelievable shock as scores were killed in the coordinated attacks late on Friday where over 150 are feared dead.

“Strongly condemn terrorist attacks in Paris, India stands firmly by France, my heart goes out its people,” Indian President Pranab Mukerjee tweeted.

Condemning the ‘senseless violence’, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi offered his condolences to the people of France and said that ‘terror cannot defeat freedom and liberty’ and that this has only strengthened the resolve of people to fight against terrorism.

US President Barack Obama said the attack was not just on France but on humanity and swore to help bring the perpetrators to justice.

“Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris; it’s an attack not just on the people of France. But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share. The US stands prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and people of France need to respond,” Obama said from the White House.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a statement saying she was ‘deeply shaken’ by the horrific series of events and that her thoughts were with the victims “of the apparent terrorist attack.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemning ‘the despicable terrorist attacks’ and demanded the immediate release of numerous hostages held in the Bataclan theater.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also offered his condolences, saying he was shocked by the ‘brazen attack’ and vowed to extend all help possible.

(With Agency Inputs)

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