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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-11-15

Monuments around the world – from the American Capitol to buildings in Zagreb – were lit up in the colours of France's tricolore flag on Saturday in a show of solidarity after a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

World leaders and citizens across the globe alike have found ways to show their solidarity with France in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks late Friday that left at least 129 people dead and wounded another 352, scores of them critically.

"Nous sommes tous ensemble," British Prime Minister David Cameron declared on Saturday, joining other world leaders who shared messages of unity and solidarity with France.

Earlier, US President Barack Obama had called the "heartbreaking" violence in Paris an "attack on all of humanity". UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks as "despicable", while Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attacks were "the latest testimonial to the barbaric essence of terrorism, which poses a challenge to human civilisation". The head of Sunni Islam's leading seat of learning, Ahmed al-Tayyeb of Al Azhar in Cairo, decried the "hateful" attacks and urged global unity against extremism.

"The time has come for the world to unite to confront this monster," Tayyeb said.

Speaking in French, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the violence in the French capital was "not only an attack against Paris and the French people, but an attack on humanity and the universal values that we share".

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, REUTERS)

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Date created : 2015-11-15

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