The White House has published a readout of a call between Barack Obama and François Hollande on Friday evening:
President Obama spoke by phone this evening with President Hollande of France to offer the condolences of the American people for the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this evening.
The president reiterated the United States’ steadfast, unwavering support for the people of France, our oldest ally and friend, and reaffirmed the offer of any necessary support to the French investigation.
The two leaders pledged to work together, and with nations around the world, to defeat the scourge of terrorism.
Le Monde reports on the mobilisation of emergency services to cope with this unprecedented attack:
- 450 firefighters from the Paris fire brigade of Paris, plus a further 280 from outer surburbs.
- All officers of police HQ at 36, quai des Goldsmiths – around 200 – along with 800 highway police officers to secure the area and to ensure order in the streets.
- 46 crews (about 150 people) from the outer suburbs to support highway safety.
- 1,500 soldiers deployed as reinforcements.
- 36 hospitals to receive the injured.
- Police presence at several toll motorways outside Paris.