French Ambassador thanks Irish nation for solidarity in the wake of the Paris attacks
Published 16/11/2015 | 11:39
The French Ambassador to Ireland, Jean-Pierre Thebault, thanked the Irish nation for their solidarity in the wake of the Paris attacks.
He was addressing hundreds of people who gathered outside the French Embassy this morning in the city centre to observe a minute's silence.
They were joined by President Michael D Higgins, and representatives of the Irish Muslim community which included Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadi, Imam of the Al-Mustafa Mosque in Blanchardstown.
The French Ambassador told the crowds that 25 nationalities were affected by this massacre.
He also the people who lost their lives were "victims of freedom".
"We are here at this very moving moment to remember the victims of the attack in Paris.
"We remember in this minute of silence who they were, they represented 25 nationalities and three continents, representing also young and old women and men. The diversity of our nations.
"We feel as if we have lost members of our family," Mr Thebault said outside the Embassy.
After the minute's silence, applause broke out and the crowd sang the French national anthem.