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Paris Terror Attacks: President Francois Hollande's address to the French people

Published 14/11/2015 | 00:55

French president Francois Hollande addresses the nation after the attacks occurred across Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
French president Francois Hollande addresses the nation after the attacks occurred across Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The full transcript of President Francois Hollande's address to the French people

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"My dear compatriots,

"As I speak, terrorist attacks of unprecedented proportions are underway in the Paris area. There are dozens killed, there are many injured. It is a horror.

"We have, on my decision, mobilised all forces possible to neutralise the terrorists and make all concerned areas safe. I have also asked for military reinforcements. They are currently in the Paris area, to ensure that no new attack can take place.  I have also called a cabinet meeting that will be held in a few minutes.

A handout picture taken and released on November 13, 2015 by the Presidence of the Republique shows (from L) French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, French President Francois Hollande and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, attending an emergency meeting at the Interior Minister on November 13, 2015, after several attacks in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCE DE LA REPUBLIQUE / CHRISTELLE ALIX
A handout picture taken and released on November 13, 2015 by the Presidence of the Republique shows (from L) French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, French President Francois Hollande and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, attending an emergency meeting at the Interior Minister on November 13, 2015, after several attacks in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCE DE LA REPUBLIQUE / CHRISTELLE ALIX

"Two decisions will be taken: a state of emergency will be declared, which means that some places will be closed, traffic may be banned, and there will also be searches which may be decided throughout Ile de France (greater Paris). The state of emergency will be proclaimed throughout the territory (of France).

"The second decision I have made is to close the borders. We must ensure that no one enters to commit any crimes and that those who have committed the crimes that we have unfortunately seen can also be arrested if they should leave the territory.

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A person watches TV in Rennes as French president Francois Hollande adresses the nation on November 13, 2015 after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed borders . AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYERDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS A person watches TV in Rennes as French president Francois Hollande adresses the nation on November 13, 2015 after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed borders . AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYERDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images

"This is a terrible ordeal which once again assails us. We know where it comes from, who these criminals are, who these terrorists are.

"In these difficult moments, we must - and I'm thinking of the many victims, their families and the injured - show compassion and solidarity. But we must also show unity and calm.

"Faced with terror, France must be strong, it must be great and the state authorities must be firm. We will be.

"We must also call on everyone to be responsible.

Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the friendly match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris (AP)
Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the friendly match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris (AP)

"What the terrorists want is to scare us and fill us with dread. There is indeed reason to be afraid. There is dread, but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that knows how to defend itself, that knows how to mobilise its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists.

"French citizens, we have not completed the operations. There are still some that are extremely difficult. It's at this moment that the security forces are staging an assault, especially in a place in Paris.

"I ask you to keep all your trust in what we can do with the security forces to protect our nation from terrorist acts.

"Long live the Republic and long live France."

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