France’s Ambassador to Romania, Francois Saint-Paul conveyed a message of gratitude to Romanians for the solidarity expressed in the harsh moments that France has been going through, following the January 2015 deadly terror attack at the headquarters of French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
“France and French people living in Romania remember with great thrill the solidarity proved by Romanians, who sent us hundreds of messages of support, who came to the French Embassy to write in the condolence book, to light candles or to bring flowers in the memory of the victims. I especially thank the Romanian head of state Klaus Iohannis, who took part in the Solidarity March on January 11, 2015, in Paris. This support, renewed in an equally strong manner, in another tragic episode of our history, on November 13, 2015, is, above all, an affirmation, a sharing of values promoted by France — Liberty, Equality, Fraternity — European values with universal outreach,” reads Saint-Paul’s message, delivered by the French Embassy to local media.
Embassy staff, representatives of French associations and high representatives of authorities and of civil society in Romania on Thursday observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the 2015 Paris attacks.
Several ceremonies has been held recently in France in memory of the victims of attacks that took place last year in the French capital.
On Thursday, French President Francois Hollande addresses the law enforcement bodies at the headquarters of the Paris Police Prefecture, while on Saturday, January 9, he is expected to attend a ceremony organized by the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, to be held in front of the Cacher supermarket, with Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Minister of Internal Affairs Bernard Cazeneuve also participating.
At the same time, on Sunday, Place de la Republique in Paris is expected to receive over one thousand people, families of the victims, witnesses or survivors of the January and November 2015 attacks, gathered to pay a collective tribute alongside the French authorities.