Austrian President condemns Paris attacks
The Local · 8 Jan 2015, 09:28
Published: 07 Jan 2015 22:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Jan 2015 09:28 GMT+01:00
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Austrian President Heinz Fischer expressed his shock over the incident in a letter of condolence to French President Francois Hollande, condemning the attack which killed 12 people, saying the tragedy was completely unjustifiable.
Masked gunmen shot dead 12 people in the capital city of France, before escaping in a getaway car. The attack was considered France's deadliest shooting attack to date.
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann expressed his condolences after the shootings in Paris, stressing that the attack could not threaten the values of democracy and humanity.
"We must continue to defend our basic values such as the press and freedom of expression with emphasis," Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in a press release on Wednesday.