Terrorist attacks in Paris - Statement by French Ambassador

Terrorist attacks in Paris - Statement by H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India

New Delhi, 14 November 2015

Yesterday, 13 November, Paris and its vicinity were struck by several terrorist attacks of an unprecedented scale. The number of casualties is not yet confirmed, but more than 120 innocent people were brutally murdered and 200 injured.

France is grateful to the Hon’ble President of India and the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for their messages of solidarity and friendship.

In this tragic ordeal, France stands united and determined to fight terrorism. French President, François Hollande, addressed the nation last night to ensure that in the face of terror, France will defend itself. This fight against terror will be merciless.

A state of emergency has been declared last night across metropolitan France. Security services have been deployed in numbers to ensure the neutralization of terrorists and the safety of all. Reinforced measures are being implemented throughout the Paris region. Border checks have been restored with immediate effect. A Defense Council meeting took place at 9:00 am, French local time (13:30 Delhi time). President Hollande has declared a 3-day national mourning.

At this stage, no Indian national has been identified among the casualties.

An information phone line for tourists and visitors in Paris has been established: +33 (0) 1 45 55 80 00 – Indian Embassy in Paris: +33 (0) 1 40 50 70 70.

As far as India is concerned, security measures of the French diplomatic and institutional premises are being beefed up. We thank the Indian Central and State authorities for their collaboration.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. The French Embassy is deeply grateful for the numerous messages of support received from Indian citizens of all walks of life and opinions.

Note:

For journalists in urgent need of a visa to France, please note that the consular section of the French Embassy in New Delhi will exceptionally be open today, 14 November, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Visas will be delivered on the spot. Please make sure to bring all necessary documentation with you (http://goo.gl/5nwPZF, business visitor section).

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Attacks in Paris/extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Interior

Paris, 15 November 2015

In the face of the atrocious terrorist acts which hit France on 13 November 2015, our battle against terrorism must be fiercer and more resolute than ever. This battle must be stepped up further at every level, particularly the European and international levels.

Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior, has therefore asked Mr Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, and Mr Schneider, Minister of Security and representative of the Luxembourg presidency of the Council of the European Union, to convene an extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels on Friday 20 November.

The meeting should provide an opportunity to discuss, as practically and operationally as possible, several issues identified as priorities since the January attacks but for which the timetable for negotiation and implementation must be speeded up as a matter of urgency. Given the level of the threat hanging over the European Union, its member states and citizens, Europe must equip itself with an effective European PNR [Passenger Name Record], a framework for combating the financing of terrorism, and robust and effective legislation on firearms controls. The European Union member states must also step up their exchanges of information and set in motion systematic and coordinated checks on the European Union’s external borders, by means of a targeted review of the Schengen Borders Code.

On all these issues, concrete progress will have to be made as quickly as possible.

The Interior Minister wants to thank all his European counterparts for their messages of support in the ordeal France is going through, which we must face together./.

Paris attacks – Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, following the meeting of the Defence Council

Paris, 14 November 2015

My dear compatriots,

What happened yesterday in Paris and in Saint-Denis near the Stade de France is an act of war, and in the face of war the country must take the appropriate decisions. It’s an act of war which was committed by a terrorist army, Daesh [ISIL], a jihadist army, against France, against the values we uphold all over the world, against what we are: a free country that speaks to the whole planet. It’s an act of war which was prepared, organized, planned externally, and with internal complicity which the investigation will enable us to establish. It’s an act of absolute barbarity: as I speak, 127 people are dead and many wounded. The families are suffering grief and distress, and the country is in sorrow.

I’ve issued a decree to declare three days of national mourning. Every measure to protect our fellow citizens and our territory is being taken in the framework of the state of emergency. So the domestic security forces and the army – to whom I pay tribute, particularly for the action carried out yesterday, which enabled us to neutralize the terrorists – the army and the domestic security forces are mobilized at the highest capability level. I’ve ensured that every mechanism is stepped up to the maximum level: service personnel will patrol Paris throughout the coming days. Because it’s been cravenly, shamefully, violently attacked, France will show no mercy to the Daesh barbarians. It will act, within the framework of the law, with every means appropriate and in every theatre, both domestic and external, in consultation with our allies, who are themselves targeted by this terrorist threat. In such a painful, such a serious, such a decisive period for our country, I call for unity, for people to pull together and stay calm, and I’ll be addressing a special joint meeting of both chambers of Parliament in Versailles on Monday to rally the nation in this ordeal. France is strong, and even though it may be wounded it always gets back up, and nothing will be able to hurt it, even if we are plunged in grief. France is solid, it is active, France is valiant and it will triumph over barbarism; history reminds us of this, and the strength we’re capable of harnessing today convinces us of it.

My dear compatriots, what we uphold is our homeland, but it’s much more than that. It’s the values of humanity, and France will be able to shoulder its responsibilities, and I call on you to show this essential unity.

Long live the Republic, and long live France!./.

Communiqué following the meeting of the Council of Ministers at the Elysée Palace

Paris - November 14, 2015

The French President convened the Council of Ministers on Saturday, November 14, at 3 p.m., following the attacks carried out in Paris during the evening of November 13.

He reiterated that a state of emergency had been declared during the night. The mobilization of police forces, the gendarmerie and service personnel continues, with an additional 3,000 servicemen to be deployed within three days.

Hospitals are fully mobilized to care for all victims of the attacks. The Foreign, Justice and Health Ministries’ victims’ support unit is scaling up its ability to receive families.

November 15, 16, and 17 were declared national days of mourning, and flags will continue to fly at half-staff through November 17. A moment of silence will take place on Monday, November 16, at noon.

Large-scale events scheduled for the coming days, such as the Congress of French Mayors, will be canceled.

Establishments administered by the Culture Ministry will remain closed this weekend along with shopping areas that attract large numbers of people. Athletic events are suspended today and tomorrow.

On Monday, all schools will reopen.

The French President will address a joint session of Parliament on Monday.

Statement following the attacks in Paris

Paris - November 14, 2015

The security forces have once again been called to intervene under extremely difficult conditions, and the terrorists who took position, including in a place very near here, have been killed. I want to express our admiration for all those services – doctors, firefighters, civil protection – who dedicated themselves to helping throughout the night. Many people were wounded, seriously wounded; those wounded people are shocked, shocked by what they saw. So we wanted to be here, among all those who saw those terrible things, to tell them we’re going to fight this battle, and it will be merciless, because when terrorists are capable of carrying out such atrocities they must be certain that they will face a determined France, a united France, a France that comes together and a France that will not be cowed, even though today it is expressing unbounded shock at this tragedy, which is appalling because it is barbaric.

Communiqué issued following the Council of Ministers’ meeting

Paris, le 14 novembre 2015

The President of the Republic convened the Council of Ministers, which met on November 14 at 12 a.m. Following a report by the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior, and the Minister of Justice, a decree was adopted establishing a state of emergency. It is effective immediately throughout continental France and Corsica. It provides for prohibiting the movement of individuals and establishing protection and security zones.

A second decree was also adopted to implement strengthened measures in all municipalities of Ile-de-France. These provisions make it possible to place any individual engaged in dangerous activities under house arrest, to temporarily close entertainment venues and meeting places, to confiscate weapons, and to perform searches.

Furthermore, the President has decided to immediately reinstitute border controls.

The customs services have also been mobilized for this purpose.
All schools and universities will be closed on Saturday in Ile-de-France and school trips are canceled.

Hospitals have been mobilized. The Plan Blanc* has been activated.

The victims’ assistance unit of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Health, working in conjunction with Police Headquarters, has been activated.

A defense council has been convened for Saturday at 9 a.m. An additional 1,500 troops have been mobilized.

The President will remain in Paris and will not attend the G20. He will be represented by the minister of foreign affairs and international development and by the minister of finance and public accounts.

* Plan Blanc : Emergency plan to deal with the sudden increase of activity in a hospital.

Information for travelers

  • Border controls: President Hollande has decided to institute systematic controls at all French entry points immediately.
  • These controls will be carried out at all international road, rail, air and sea border crossing points.
  • Airports remain open.
  • Air and rail services continue to operate.

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