Friday night Paris was rocked by six coordinated terrorist attacks that has claimed the lives of 127 people and injured 352 others.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks and French President Francois Hollande has called it an act of war.
Hollande tweeted the following response shortly after the attacks.
Face à l’effroi, il y a une Nation qui sait se défendre, sait mobiliser ses forces et, une fois encore, saura vaincre les terroristes.
— François Hollande (@fhollande) November 13, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry, who was at a summit in Vienna to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria, addressed the media concerning the response of the United States.
“Devastating moments like these remind us that what connects the United States and France extends far deeper than the close alliance our governments have enjoyed for centuries,” Kerry said. “The U.S. Embassy is working around the clock to assist American citizens affected by this tragedy, and our government is working closely with French authorities to identify American victims. We are aware there are Americans among the injured and will continue to offer them the full range of consular assistance.”
President Hollande has declared a state of emergency, deployed an extra 1, 500 troops in the capital and has restricted movement in and out of the country. The greatest affect that these attacks have had has been the universal outpouring of support for France and the people of Paris. Social media has been completely filled with messages condemning the violence and expressing solidarity with the victims.
Here are some outstanding examples:
— Brendon Geoffrion (@tv_brendon) November 14, 2015
— ميجــــــــــا (@MeeGa14) November 14, 2015
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