Obama, Cameron condemn ‘barbaric’ attack in Paris

PARIS, FRANCE (BNO NEWS) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have both condemned Wednesday's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, with both leaders expressing their support for the French people in the fight against terrorism.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time," Obama said in a written statement, describing the attack as horrific. He said he directed his administration to provide any assistance needed to "help bring those terrorists" to justice.

"Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended," Obama said. "France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers."

Cameron also condemned the attack and described the killings as "sickening" in a post on his Twitter account, but he commented further while speaking in parliament. "I know that this house and this country stands united with the French people in our opposition to all forms of terrorism and we stand squarely for free speech and democracy, and these people will never be able to take us off those values," he said.

The Kremlin also released a statement in which Russian President Vladimir Putin conveyed his condolences to France. "The Russian President strongly condemned the cynical crime and reiterated Russia's readiness to continue active cooperation in combating the threat of terrorism," the statement said.

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