Terrorist attacks in Paris - Statement by French Ambassador

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

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.


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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