Czech politicians condemn terrorist attack in France

07-01-2015

Czech politicians have strongly condemned a terrorist attack in Paris on Wednesday which left 12 people dead. Gunmen opened fire at the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The magazine last tweeted a cartoon satirizing the leader of the extremist group Islamic State. According to the BBC and video released, the gunmen shouted "Allahu akbar!" during the attack. In the Czech Republic, President Miloš Zeman sent his condolences to French counterpart Francois Hollande and condemned the “blood-soaked crime”, calling it an attack against the freedom of speech and values upon which European society is based. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka also condemned the attack and said it was a reminder of the need to continue international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Bělobrádek expressed solidarity with the people of France and said it was necessary to fight the growing wave of terrorism and hatred.