President Barack Obama offerred full support to France after the terror attacks in Paris Friday.
“Once again we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians,” Obama said from the White House late Friday afternoon. “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 we share.”
President Barack Obama looks down as he speaks to the press in Washington, DC on November 13, 2015, after being informed about a series of deadly attacks that rocked Paris. At least 35 people were killed as multiple shootings and explosions hit Paris, police said. Police also said there was an ongoing hostage crisis in the Bataclan a concert hall in the French capital. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Obama declined to talk about who might be responsible.
“I don't want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this,” the president said. “It appears that there may still be live activity and dangers that are taking place as we speak. Until we know from French officials that the situation is under control and we have more information about it, I don't want to speculate.”
As many as 60 were reported killed in the mass shootings that occurred Friday in Paris.
Obama said the United States is “ready to provide whatever assistance the government and people of France need.”
“We want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism,” Obama said. “Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. Those who think that 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 pursuit of happiness,” Obama continued.
Obama said he has not called French President Francois Hollande since the shooting, but “actually by coincidence was talking to him earlier today in preparation for the G-20 meeting.”
“I am confident that I'll be in direct communications with him in the next few days and we'll be coordinating in any ways that they think are helpful in the investigation of what's happened,” Obama said.