France stands united with its Belgian friends, say leaders

Belgium/attacks – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 22 March 2016

The French President expresses his full solidarity with the Belgian people.

He is in constant contact with the Belgian authorities to lend them all the support they might need in these tragic circumstances.

The attacks in Brussels strike at the whole of Europe. This means it must take the essential measures, given the seriousness of the threat. France, which was attacked itself in January and November 2015, is playing its full part in this. It will continue to fight terrorism implacably, at both international and domestic level.

In these circumstances, the French government has decided to further step up the security operation and policing at the borders and on transport infrastructure.

The President expresses his sincere condolences to the victims’ families and close friends, and his full friendship to Belgium./.

Attacks in Belgium – Jean-Marc Ayrault’s telephone conversation with Didier Reynders, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs

Paris, 22 March 2016

After the horrific attacks which struck Belgium this morning, I telephoned my Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders, to tell him how appalled France is.

This conversation allowed us to take stock of the tragic situation in Brussels, which has resulted in many people being killed and injured. At this tragic time, our thoughts go first to these casualties, their families and close friends.

I told Belgium of France’s solidarity and reaffirmed that we stand united with our Belgian friends in this terrible ordeal.

My Belgian colleague and I stressed the urgency of coordinating our action even further when it comes to fighting terrorism./.

Published on 22/03/2016

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