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).

Emergency number: #ParisAttacks
Hotline for victim’s relatives abroad : +33 (0) 1 45 50 34 60

Déclaration à l’issue du Conseil de défense by elysee

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.Retour ligne automatique
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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