Finnish president expresses condolences to victims of Paris attack, condemns terrorist acts

2015-01-07 19:16:25 GMT2015-01-08 03:16:25(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HELSINKI, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Finnish President Sauli Niinisto sent a message of condolence to French President Francois Hollande, after the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris were attacked on Wednesday, leaving 12 people dead.

Niinisto expressed his condolences on his own behalf and on behalf of the Finnish people to the family and friends of the victims, as well as the French people, according to a press release issued by the presidential office.

"Finland condemns terrorism in the strongest terms. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are fundamental European values," said Niinisto in his message.

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb also expressed his condolences on behalf of the Finnish government to the French president, adding that Finland strongly condemned all acts of terror.

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