Paris shooting: World leaders condemn attack, Modi calls it 'despicable'

Jan 07, 2015, 18:46 IST | Agencies

World leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Premier David Cameron have condemned the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

David Cameron joined the condemnation of the attack, saying: "The murders in Paris are sickening. We stand with the French people in the fight against terror and defending the freedom of the press."

Narendra Modi

UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the killings were a "barbaric attack on freedom of speech".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday described as "condemnable and despicable" the terror attack on a French satirical magazine that left at least 11 people dead.

"Our solidarity with the people of France. My thoughts are with families of those who lost their lives," Modi tweeted.

President of India Pranab Mukherjee also took to Twitter to condemn the attack. "Strongly condemn the terrorist attack on media office in Paris; terror & violence have no place in any corner of world. The world community must unite to root out terror from every country and society," he tweeted.

"I strongly condemn the terrorist attack at the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris today. This was a barbaric act and an outrageous attack on press freedom. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. We stand in full solidarity with our Ally France. All NATO Allies stand together in the fight against terrorism. Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations can never be tolerated or justified," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.

Condemning the carnage, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the shooting in Paris is not only attack on French citizens, but on freedoms of the press and free speech.

"I’m horrified by the barbaric attacks in France. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted.

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