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Paris Terror Attack: EU chiefs call for one minute's silence across Europe on Monday

David Kearns

Published 14/11/2015 | 17:32

A woman cries in front of the Monument of Gratitude to France in Serbia after she lighted a candle for the victims of the attacks in Paris
A woman cries in front of the Monument of Gratitude to France in Serbia after she lighted a candle for the victims of the attacks in Paris
A woman holds a candle during a ceremony honoring victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

European Union chiefs have called for a minute of silence across Europe this Monday in memory of the 128 people killed in Friday’s terror attack in Paris.

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In a joint statement, the heads of the EU said a day of mourning across Europe was called for as the attacks on the French capital were “an attack against us all.”

“We will face this threat together with all necessary means and ruthless determination,” the statement said.

“Everything that can be done at European level to make France safe will be done.

People stand in front of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin, which is illuminated in blue, white and red in the colors of the French flag in tribute to victims of Friday's attacks in Paris REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
People stand in front of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin, which is illuminated in blue, white and red in the colors of the French flag in tribute to victims of Friday's attacks in Paris REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“We will do what is necessary to defeat extremism, terrorism and hatred.

“France is a great and strong nation. Its values of liberty, equality and fraternity inspired and inspire the European Union.

“This shameful act of terrorism will only achieve the opposite of its purpose, which was to divide, frighten, and sow hatred.

“Good is stronger than evil.

People stand in front of a memorial as they honor victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy
People stand in front of a memorial as they honor victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy
A man lights a candle during a ceremony honoring victims of the attacks in Paris, outside the Consulate of France in Geneva, Switzerland, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

“Everything that can be done at European level to make France safe will be done.”

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said last night he was “appalled and outraged” at the attacks.

While European Council head Donald Tusk in a letter to French president Francois Hollande said the incident was “an outrage against France, and against Europe as a whole.”

Nato’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “We stand strong and united in the fight against terrorism” adding that “terrorism will never defeat democracy.”

Across Europe leaders have been convening emergency meetings in response to the events in Paris.

In London, British prime minister David Cameron has chaired a meeting of Cobra, the government’s emergency response committee.

German chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to “ do everything to help in the hunt for the perpetrators and instigators” amid unconfirmed reports of an arrest in Bavaria that may be linked to the Paris attacks.

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi held a meeting of security and intelligence officials in Rome, while Spanish leader Mariano Rajoy cancelled an appearance at a party event in Barcelona and called a security council meeting in Madrid.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has warned Belgian citizens not to travel to Paris unless absolutely necessary, with Belgian officials introducing checks on passengers arriving from France by road, rail and air.

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