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Obama calls Paris attacks ‘outrageous’, offers France support

world Updated: Nov 14, 2015 05:56 IST
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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the shooting attacks in Paris, from the White House in Washington November 13.(REUTERS)

US President Barack Obama has called the Paris attacks ‘outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians’. Obama was speaking after at least 35 people were killed Friday in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular concert hall where patrons were taken hostage.

“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,” said Obama.

“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,” he said.

According to a statement issued by the Pentagon, US defense chief Ash Carter was closely monitoring the situation in Paris, and no US defense department personnel had so far been affected by the attacks.

Obama said he does not want to speculate about who may be responsible for Paris attacks. Obama is slated to travel to Paris at the end of the month to attend a United Nations conference on climate change.