The President: Good
evening, everybody. I just want to make a few
brief comments about the attacks across
Paris tonight. Once again, we’ve seen
an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent
civilians. This is an attack
not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just
on the people of France, but this is an attack on
all of humanity and the universal values
that we share. We stand prepared and
ready to provide whatever assistance that the
government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood
shoulder to shoulder with the United States
time and again. And we want to be very clear
that we stand together with them in the fight against
terrorism and extremism. Paris itself represents the
timeless values of human progress. Those who think that they
can terrorize the people of France or the values that
they stand for are wrong. The American people draw
strength from the French people’s commitment
to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. We are reminded in this time
of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and
fraternité are not only values that the French
people care so deeply about, but they are values
that we share. And those values are going
to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the
hateful vision of those who perpetrated the
crimes this evening. We’re going to do whatever
it takes to work with the French people and with
nations around the world to bring these
terrorists to justice, and to go after any
terrorist networks that go after our people. We don’t yet know all
the details of what has happened. We have been in contact
with French officials to communicate our deepest
condolences to the families of those who
have been killed, to offer our prayers and
thoughts to those who have been wounded. We have offered our
full support to them. The situation is
still unfolding. I’ve chosen not to call
President Hollande at this time, because my expectation
is that he’s very busy at the moment. I actually, by coincidence,
was talking to him earlier today in preparation
for the G20 meeting. But I am confident that I’ll
be in direct communications with him in the
next few days, and we’ll be coordinating in
any ways that they think are helpful in the investigation
of what’s happened. This is a heartbreaking
situation. And obviously those of us
here in the United States know what it’s like. We’ve gone through these
kinds of episodes ourselves. And whenever these kinds
of attacks happened, we’ve always been able to
count on the French people to stand with us. They have been
an extraordinary counterterrorism partner,
and we intend to be there with them in that
same fashion. I’m sure that in the days
ahead we’ll learn more about exactly what happened, and
my teams will make sure that we are in communication with
the press to provide you accurate information. I don’t want to speculate at
this point in terms of who was responsible for this. It appears that there may
still be live activity and dangers that are taking
place as we speak. And so until we know from
French officials that the situation is under control,
and we have for more information about it, I
don’t want to speculate. Thank you very much.

The President Delivers a Statement on the attacks in Paris
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