Readout of the Secretary-General’s telephone call with François Hollande, President of France

The Secretary-General called the President of France, François Hollande, this morning, to present his condolences to the families of the victims of the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris, as well as to the Government and people of France. He reiterated his condemnation of these attacks.

The Secretary-General also commended France’s determination and active role in mobilising the international community to counter the grave threat of international terrorism. He underlined that many refugees were themselves fleeing extremism and terrorism and stressed the importance for France and Europe to continue to treat refugees and migrants with compassion and to respect their rights.