‘An attack on humanity’: US president Barack Obama responds to Paris attacks
Obama emphasized the strong ties between France and the US, especially in the fight against extremism and terrorism. (Screenshot, YouTube)
US President Barack Obama issued a statement, condemning the recent attacks in and around Paris that have left upwards of 60 people dead.
Obama stressed that the US is in close contact with French officials and is "prepared and ready" to provide assistance.
"This is an attack not just on Paris. It's an attack not just on the people of France. But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share," the President stated.
A series of explosions were reported outside the Stade de France, where Germany was playing France in a friendly match. French President Francois Hollande was in attendance and has since been evacuated
More shootings occurred at various locations in central Paris, including at a French-Cambodian restaurant and the Bataclan concert hall, located in the 10th and 11th arrondissements. There are also unconfirmed reports of shootings at the Les Halles shopping mall.