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World Leaders React With Horror To Paris Terror Attacks

"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 that we share," President Obama said.

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World leaders sent their prayers and condolences to the French people shortly after dozens of people were killed in multiple shootings and at least one explosion in Paris on Friday evening.

"We mobilized all possible forces to neutralize the terrorists," French President François Hollande said in a press conference an hour after the attacks.

After declaring a state of emergency, Hollande said, "Faced with fear, there is a nation who knows how to defend itself, knows how to mobilize its forces, and, once again, will overcome the terrorists."

Face à l'effroi, il y a une Nation qui sait se défendre, sait mobiliser ses forces et, une fois encore, saura vaincre les terroristes.

German chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “deeply appalled at the news and images that are reaching us from Paris” and that the attackers "hate freedom".

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People targeted in Paris "wanted to live the life of free people in a city that celebrates freedom," she told reporters in Berlin, according to the BBC.

She added that the attack "was aimed not just at Paris, it targeted and it hits all of us," and offered Germany's counter-terrorism resources to aid France's investigation.

President Obama also delivered a statement on the tragedy, saying that the U.S. was ready to provide "any assistance the government and people of France need to respond."

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"This is an attack not just on Paris," he said, "it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share."

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President Barack Obama speaking at the White House on Friday evening.

"We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally," he said.

"The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism," the president said.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said that Britain would "do whatever we can to help."

PM: I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said, "I am profoundly shocked by the events in Paris. We stand alongside the French."

Je suis profondément choqué par les événements à Paris. Nous sommes solidaires aux côtés des français #Paris

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

News from Paris is anguishing & dreadful. Prayers with families of the deceased. We are united with people of France in this tragic hour.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto: "We express our solidarity with the people of France, and our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives."

Expresamos nuestra solidaridad con el pueblo de Francia, y nuestras sentidas condolencias a los familiares de quienes perdieron la vida.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy: "Shocked by the news coming from Paris. France has on its side the Spanish people in this difficult time."

Conmocionado por las noticias que nos llegan de París. Francia tiene a su lado al pueblo español en estos momentos tan difíciles. MR

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi: "Together with our French brothers, against the heinous attack in Paris and Europe."

Insieme ai nostri fratelli francesi, contro l’atroce attacco a Parigi e all’Europa.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff: "Dismayed by the terrorist barbarism, I express my abhorrence to violence and show my solidarity to the people and to the French Government."

Consternada pela barbárie terrorista, expresso meu repúdio à violência e manifesto minha solidariedade ao povo e ao governo francês.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon:

#UNSG Ban Ki-moon condemns despicable terrorist attacks in #Paris; demands immediate release of those held hostage: https://t.co/dNNWohKXCM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

I am shocked and saddened that so many people have been killed and injured in violent attacks in #Paris. Canada stands with France.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry:

I join @POTUS in condemning Paris terrorist attacks. They are an assault on humanity and freedom-loving people.

U.S. will support French people in any way we can & continue to stand for liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:

Australians' thoughts, prayers & resolute solidarity with people of France as they respond to brutal terrorist attacks in Paris tonight.

He also expressed his condolences "on behalf of the Iranian nation who are victims of the evil phenomenon of terrorism," the agency reported.

According to the Associated Press, Rouhani also canceled a trip to France, which has been involved in global talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions. No reason for the cancellation was given.

In a statement, the Vatican said condemned the Paris attacks "in the most radical way."

"This is an attack on peace for all humanity, and it requires a decisive, supportive response on the part of all of us as we counter the spread the homicidal hatred in all of its forms."

Ema O'Connor is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Ema O'Connor at ema.oconnor@buzzfeed.com.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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