Mumbai bombings/President Sarkozy/EU French Presidency
Paris, November 27, 2008
After the tragic hours which have plunged the city of Mumbai into mourning, on France’s behalf and personally, I would like to express my total solidarity. I utterly condemn the mindless violence which has struck your country through this series of cowardly, heinous terrorist acts.
At this painful time, I also want to convey my most sincere condolences to the families of all the innocent victims of these despicable attacks and extend my sympathy and support to the injured, wishing them a speedy recovery.
More than ever, France stands at India’s side in the fight against the scourge of terrorism and is ready to develop still further our two countries’ cooperation in this area.
Statement of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, (November 26, 2008)
The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union was horrified and indignant to learn of the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Mumbai. It condemns them in the strongest possible manner.
Our thoughts go first of all to the victims’ families and loved ones to whom we extend our condolences, and wishes to assure the injured of our full sympathy. Our thoughts are also with the Indian authorities and the Maharashtra State, with whom we express our solidarity in these tragic circumstances.
The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union condemns with equal force the hostage taking which still continues in a hotel in Mumbai.
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union recognises the Indian people’s attachment to democracy, which has been directly targeted by these terrorist acts. It joins in the mourning of the Indian Nation and stands beside it during this distressing trial.