14 November 2015 - Paris Attacks : Communiqués issued by Presidency of the Republic
Paris Attacks : Communiqués issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Attacks in Paris – Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, following the Defence Council meeting
Paris, 14 November
My dear compatriots,
What happened yesterday in Paris and in Saint-Denis near the Stade de France is an act of war, and in the face of war the country must take the appropriate decisions. It’s an act of war which was committed by a terrorist army, Daesh [ISIL], a jihadist army, against France, against the values we uphold all over the world, against what we are : a free country that speaks to the whole planet. It’s an act of war which was prepared, organized, planned externally, and with internal complicity which the investigation will enable us to establish. It’s an act of absolute barbarity : as I speak, 127 people are dead and many wounded. The families are suffering grief and distress, and the country is suffering.
I’ve issued a decree to declare three days of national mourning. Every measure to protect our fellow citizens and our territory is being taken in line with the state of emergency. So the domestic security forces and the army – to whom I pay tribute, particularly for the action carried out yesterday, which enabled us to neutralize the terrorists – the army and the domestic security forces are mobilized at the highest capability level. I’ve ensured that every mechanism is stepped up to the maximum level : soldiers will patrol Paris throughout the coming days. Because it’s been cravenly, shamefully, violently attacked, France will show no mercy to the Daesh barbarians. It will act, within the framework of the law, with every means appropriate and in every theatre, both domestic and external, in consultation with our allies, who are themselves targeted by this terrorist threat. In such a painful, such a serious, such a decisive period for our country, I call for unity, for people to pull together and stay calm, and I’ll be addressing a special joint meeting of both chambers of Parliament in Versailles on Monday to rally the nation in this ordeal. France is strong, and even though it may be wounded it always gets back up, and nothing will be able to hurt it, even if we are plunged in grief. France is robust, it is active, France is valiant and it will triumph over barbarism ; history reminds us of this, and the strength we’re capable of harnessing today convinces us of it.
My dear compatriots, what we are defending is our homeland, but it’s much more than that. It’s the values of humanity, and France will be able to shoulder its responsibilities, and I call on you to show this essential unity.
Long live the Republic, and long live France !.
Attacks in Paris/Council of Ministers – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 14 November 2015
The French President convened the Council of Ministers on Saturday 14 November at 3.00 p.m., following the attacks carried out in Paris during the evening of 13 November.
He reiterated that a state of emergency had been declared during the night. The mobilization of police forces, the gendarmerie and soldiers continues, with an additional 3,000 soldiers to be deployed within three days.
Hospitals are fully mobilized to care for all victims of the attacks. The Foreign, Justice and Health Ministries’ victims’ support unit is scaling up its ability to receive families.
15, 16 and 17 November will be national days of mourning, and flags will continue to fly at half-mast through 17 November. A moment of silence will take place on Monday 16 November at noon.
Large-scale events scheduled for the coming days, such as the Congress of French Mayors, will be cancelled.
Establishments administered by the Culture Ministry will remain closed this weekend along with shopping areas that attract large numbers of people. Sporting events are suspended today and tomorrow.
On Monday, all schools will reopen.
The French President will address a joint session of Parliament on Monday afternoon.
COMMUNIQUÉ FOLLOWING THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS’ MEETING
Paris - November 14, 2015
The President of the Republic convened the Council of Ministers, which met on November 14 at 12 a.m. Following a report by the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior, and the Minister of Justice, a decree was adopted establishing a state of emergency. It is effective immediately throughout continental France and Corsica. It provides for prohibiting the movement of individuals and establishing protection and security zones.
A second decree was also adopted to implement strengthened measures in all municipalities of Ile-de-France. These provisions make it possible to place any individual engaged in dangerous activities under house arrest, to temporarily close entertainment venues and meeting places, to confiscate weapons, and to perform searches.
Furthermore, the President has decided to immediately reinstitute border controls.
The customs services have also been mobilized for this purpose.
All schools and universities will be closed on Saturday in Ile-de-France and school trips are canceled.
Hospitals have been mobilized. The Plan Blanc* has been activated.
The victims’ assistance unit of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Health, working in conjunction with Police Headquarters, has been activated.
A defense council has been convened for Saturday at 9 a.m. An additional 1,500 troops have been mobilized.
The President will remain in Paris and will not attend the G20. He will be represented by the minister of foreign affairs and international development and by the minister of finance and public accounts.
*Plan Blanc : Emergency plan to deal with the sudden increase of activity in a hospital.
STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE ATTACKS IN PARIS
Paris - November 14, 2015
The security forces have once again been called to intervene under extremely difficult conditions, and the terrorists who took position, including in a place very near here, have been killed. I want to express our admiration for all those services – doctors, firefighters, civil protection – who dedicated themselves to helping throughout the night. Many people were wounded, seriously wounded ; those wounded people are shocked, shocked by what they saw. So we wanted to be here, among all those who saw those terrible things, to tell them we’re going to fight this battle, and it will be merciless, because when terrorists are capable of carrying out such atrocities they must be certain that they will face a determined France, a united France, a France that comes together and a France that will not be cowed, even though today it is expressing unbounded shock at this tragedy, which is appalling because it is barbaric.