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Martin Schulz on the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris

07-01-2015

On behalf of the European Parliament, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of today's terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

We are profoundly shocked by this heinous crime which is an affront to civilised society and we unreservedly condemn such violence.

As Europeans we must never surrender the values which are so close to our hearts and which this act has sought to undermine: the freedom of the press and of expression, tolerance, and mutual respect.

This is a moment of profound sadness which requires a dignified and clear response. Whatever our opinions or religious beliefs we must stand strong and united against such violent acts.  I call on all citizens to defend together the values we cherish. I also wish a prompt recovery to those injured.

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