Archive 2015 Nov 16, 2015 Andrew Escobar
On Friday, France had one of the most deadliest days since World War II. According to the Associated Press, five gunmen killed an estimated 129 people and left over 300 others injured in several attacks across the city.
Following the attack, the world came together and expressed their condolences.
Landmarks around the world like the Sydney Opera house in Australia, The World Trade Centre tower in New York, and the CN Tower in Toronto showed support for Paris by displaying the french flag colours: blue, white, red.
After meeting with Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Sunday morning, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement, “The killing of innocent people, based on a twisted ideology, is an attack not just on France, not just on Turkey, but it’s an attack on the civilized world.”
Many in Toronto showed their support for France by having a candle-lit vigil which was organized by The Consulat général de France à Toronto outside of City Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Mayor of Toronto John Tory was among those in attendance and also addressed the public on behalf of the city by saying,
“Paris is a part of us and we feel this tragedy deeply”.
Also Marc Trouyet, the France consul general spoke at the event and said,
“We are overwhelmed by what happened in Paris and our thoughts are with the victims. We have seen so many messages of solidarity from all over Canada and thank you for standing with the French people.”
Trudeau said in response to the attacks, “Let there be no mistake, Canada and Canadians stand with France on this tragic day. We call for swift action to bring those responsible to justice. Neither Canada, nor our allies, will be intimidated by terrorists. No matter who is responsible for these heinous attacks, we will continue to stand firmly with our allies.”
He added, “Canada offers France its full support during these difficult times.”
Trudeau’s plans to pull fighter jets out of the Middle-East remain unchanged despite being heavily criticized for lack of support for the anti-ISIS fight.
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