Obama: Paris attacks 'outrageous attempt' to instill fear


‘This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,’ says Obama

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Friday evening that ongoing attacks in France are an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians”

“This is an attack not just on Paris. It’s an attack not just on the people of France. But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,” Obama said, offering “whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond”.

“We stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism,” he said at the White House. “Those that think they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

At least 60 people have been killed in the French capital in a series of shootings and explosions. There are an unknown number of hostages still in captivity at the Bataclan arts center where the American rock band, the Eagles of Death Metal, was performing.

Reports says at least 15 victims have been killed and more than 100 people remain in hostage with an unknown number of gunmen remain in control.

Obama was earlier briefed by his Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco on the events. He said he has not yet called French President Francois Hollande because “my expectation is he’s very busy at the moment”.

Friday’s attacks are the second major terror attack in Paris in less than a year. An attack on French satirical paper, Charlie Hebdo, rocked the city in January.