Merkel shocked by Paris attacks, declares solidarity with France

2015-11-14 00:18:22 GMT2015-11-14 08:18:22(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BERLIN, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday evening that she was deeply shocked by the attacks in Paris and declared solidarity with France.

"I was deeply shocked by the news and images that we have got from Paris. My thoughts are in these hours with the victims of the attacks, their families, and all people in Paris," said Merkel in a statement.

Merkel added that the German government stands in contact with the French government and has sent her the sympathy and solidarity of the people in Germany.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said earlier that he was shocked by the attacks in Paris, according to a Tweet of the German Foreign Ministry, which also says Germany stands on the side of France.

Steinmeier, together with French President Francois Hollande, were attending a soccer match between France and Germany when explosions were heard near Stade de France, the French national stadium.

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