Terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait
Terrorist attack in Isère (France) Statement by Mr. François Hollande, President of the Republic - June 26 2015
Ladies and gentlemen,
I left the European Council as soon as we heard about the attack carried out this morning just before 10:00 a.m. in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in the Isère. The attack involved a vehicle driven by one person, perhaps accompanied by a second, driving at high speed into this Seveso site [subject to the EU’s Seveso Directive on safety], which contained gas canisters. There’s no doubt that the intention was to cause an explosion.
This was a terrorist attack, given that a decapitated body was found with inscriptions on it. As I speak, one person is reportedly dead and two are injured. The Interior Minister immediately visited the scene with the public prosecutor. The individual suspected of committing the attack has been arrested and identified. A sizeable gendarmerie contingent has been deployed. Seveso sites have been protected even further and every measure is being taken to prevent any further tragedy and pre-empt any action.
The Interior Minister is going to speak just after me to give useful information and nothing but useful information, because the investigation is under way and, as you know, has been entrusted to the anti-terrorist public prosecutor’s office. At this time, we must first of all express our solidarity with the victim. This solidarity was also expressed to me at the European Council this morning. Everyone remembers what happened in our country, and not only in our country.
There is shock. But shock can’t be the only response. There must be action, prevention, deterrence, and therefore the need to uphold values and not give in to fear, ever, and be equal to all the circumstances, not create unnecessary divisions or suspicions, which would be intolerable, and do the job the French people expect us to do: protect them, and at the same time establish the truth and eradicate the groups or individuals responsible for such acts.
I’m going to leave the European Council after speaking to you now – I have informed my colleagues – and will be holding a Select [Defence] Council meeting at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Elysée. By then we’ll have other details, all the information, and we’ll take other measures if necessary.
Finally, as I’ve told you, the suspect has been arrested and identified. Investigations are under way and I leave the authorities tasked with these inquiries to provide information, even though, as you’ll obviously understand, there also has to be an element of discretion to ensure the effectiveness of our services. Thank you for your understanding.
Terrorist Attack in Sousse (Tunisia) Discussion between Mr. François Hollande and the President of the Tunisian Republic (Paris, 26/06/2015)
The President of the French Republic held discussions with the President of the Tunisian Republic, Béji Caïd Essebsi.
He offered France’s support in the difficult time that Tunisia is facing following the terrorist attack in Sousse, which caused at least 27 fatalities.
Both presidents expressed their solidarity against terrorism and their intention to continue and intensify their cooperation in the fight against this scourge
Terorist Attack on a Mosque in Kuwait Statement by the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development - June 26, 2015
France condemns the attack on the Al-Imam Al-Sadiq mosque in Kuwait, which left 25 dead. We offer our condolences to the victims’ families.
We assure the Kuwaiti people and authorities of France’s support at this sad time, and of our solidarity in their fight against terrorism.
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks of 26 June 2015 against a chemical products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France, triggering an explosion and killing at least one through a gruesome beheading while injuring others ; a bomb attack in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, Kuwait, killing at least 24 and injuring many more ; and gunmen attacking two tourist hotels near Sousse, Tunisia, killing at least 32 and injuring many others.
The members of the Security Council extended their condolences to the families of the victims and their sympathy to all those injured in these heinous attacks, as well as to the peoples and the Governments of France, Kuwait, Tunisia, and others who lost their citizens in these attacks.
The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.