President Barack Obama spoke passionately to the American people about the sickening attacks on Paris, vowing to support France in any way possible — and making it clear that this tragic event was “an act of terror.”
His address was unscheduled and immediate, but his emotional speech made it clear that his plan is thorough and absolute; President Obama is lending all the support he can to the French people and President Francois Hollande after the horrific terrorist attacks on November 13, which left 153 dead. To President Obama, this isn’t just an attack on Paris — it’s an “attack on all humanity.”
“This is a heartbreaking situation, and obviously those of us in the United States know what that’s like,” President Obama said in his address, which occurred at approximately 5:45pm EST. “We will work with the French people and nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and prevent them from going after more people.”
President Obama cited the strength and amazing spirit of the French people, stating that Paris “itself represents the timeless values of human progress.” France has long been one of the United States’ most loyal allies and after counting on them to stand with us so many times, according to President Obama, we’ll know be lending them as much support as possible after this “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.” Hear, hear!
President Hollande declared a state of emergency in France, with all borders closed and travel restricted, after a series of violent attacks occurred in the capital. A mass shooting happened at a restaurant, while explosions happened near Stade de France stadium, north of Paris, during a France-Germany football (soccer) match.
The most deadly attack occurred at the Bataclan Theater, where four gunmen burst in and opened fire on and audience attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert. They eventually took over 100 people hostage before slaughtering their victims, with the final death toll inside at 112. French Police burst in and killed the four gunmen inside.
Our thoughts are with all those in Paris at this time.
— Samantha Wilson