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Paris terror attacks: President Obama says attacks are 'an attack on all of humanity'

Published 13/11/2015 | 23:02

The Paris terror attacks are an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share, US President Barack Obama has said.

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His statement in full is below:

"We've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians, this is an attack not just on Paris, it is an attack not just on the people of France, but it is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.

"We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally, and the French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. We want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

"Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. Those who think they can terrorise the people of France or the values they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people's commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

"We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberte, egalite, fraternite are not only values that the French people care so deeply about but they are values that we share. Those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful thinking of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening."

"We're going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people.

"This is a heartbreaking situation and obviously we in the United States know what it's like. We've gone through these kinds of episodes and whenever these kinds of attacks happens we've always been able to count on the french people to stand with us. They have been an extraordinary counter-terrorism partner and we intend to be there with them in that same fashion. "

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