Following the attack at the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the attack and underscored U.S. solidarity with France, America's oldest ally.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France" —President Obama pic.twitter.com/ZzVOyGNzfK
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 7, 2015
À Paris et dans le monde, les terroristes qui disent que #CharlieHebdo est mort ont tort; la liberté d’expression est indestructible — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 7, 2015
"I would like to say directly to the people of Paris and of all of France that each and every American stands with you today, not just in horror or in anger or in outrage for this vicious act of violence, though we stand with you in solidarity and in commitment both to the cause of confronting extremism and in the cause which the extremists fear so much and which has always united our two countries: freedom," Secretary Kerry said.
"...Today, tomorrow, in Paris, in France, or across the world, the freedom of expression that this magazine, no matter what your feelings were about it, the freedom of expression that it represented is not able to be killed by this kind of act of terror. On the contrary; it will never be eradicated by any act of terror. What they don’t understand -- what these people who do these things don’t understand -- is they will only strengthen the commitment to that freedom and our commitment to a civilized world."
"Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended," President Obama said in a statement. "France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice."
- Statement by President Obama on the Attack in Paris, January 7, 2015
- Remarks by Secretary Kerry on the Terrorist Attack in Paris, January 7, 2015
- Website of the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France