Paris attacks - Official statements

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./.

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

Paris, 14 November

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 suffering.

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 line with 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: soldiers 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 robust, 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 are defending 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!./.

Attacks in Paris/Council of Ministers – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 14 November 2015

The French President convened the Council of Ministers on Saturday 14 November at 3.00 p.m., following the attacks carried out in Paris during the evening of 13 November.

He reiterated that a state of emergency had been declared during the night. The mobilization of police forces, the gendarmerie and soldiers continues, with an additional 3,000 soldiers 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.

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

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

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

On Monday, all schools will reopen.

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

Attacks in Paris – Communiqué issued following the Council of Ministers’ meeting

14 November 2015

A meeting of the Council of Ministers, convened by the French President, was held on 14 November at 00.00. On the basis of reports by the Prime Minister, the Interior Minister, and the Keeper of the Seals and Justice Minister, a decree declaring a state of emergency was adopted. It takes immediate effect throughout metropolitan France and Corsica. Among other things, it allows for a ban on the movement of people and the establishment of protection and security zones.

A second decree was also adopted to step up measures in all the communes of Ile-de-France [Paris region]. These provisions make it possible for any person whose activity is dangerous to be put under house arrest, for performance halls and meeting-places to be provisionally closed, for weapons to be handed over and for police searches to be carried out.

Furthermore, the President decided to restore border controls immediately. The customs services are also mobilized to this end.

Schools and universities will be closed today, Saturday, in Ile-de-France, and school trips cancelled.

Hospitals have been mobilized. The Plan Blanc [hospitals emergency mechanism] has been set in motion.

The Foreign, Justice and Health Ministries’ victim support unit, in liaison with police headquarters, has been activated.

A meeting of the [Select] Defence Council was convened for 9.00 a.m. today. An additional 1,500 soldiers have already been mobilized.

The President will remain in Paris and will not take part in the G20 meeting. He will be represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Minister of Finance and Public Accounts./.

Attacks in Paris – Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, following the attacks in Paris

Paris, 14 November 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.

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 extremely shocked at this tragedy, which is appalling because it is barbaric./.

Attacks in Paris – Statements by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to i-Télé

Paris, 14 November 2015

What the terrorists want to instill in France is a fear of one’s neighbour. So we must take every necessary precaution – this is the role of the government and public authorities –, be extremely determined – we’re being attacked, we must respond – and, at the same time, stay calm and show a united face./.

Published on 18/02/2016

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