Although the shootings and bombings took place on the ground here in Paris last night, it is the values of all democratic nations that were attacked. Today we are reeling, hurt, confused, sad and angry. We cannot give in to terrorism, but we are afraid and hurt. We believe in democracy and freedom, but we are confused. For those whose lives were cut short by terrorism, we are sad. However, we will not back down or cower when confronted by these terrorists – the values we hold dear are too important: Already too many wars have been fought and too many people have died to secure them for us. We are angry and determined – but we will not return violence with violence. Instead, we will take this day for a “fermeture exceptionnelle” to hold and comfort each other and to regroup. But have no fear…..we will be back. And we will be strong.
May we learn to live in Peace.