Thursday, March 11, 2004

Spain

Statement of the Quai d'Orsay:

"France most strongly condemns the cowardly attacks that took place in Madrid this morning and that have already claimed the lives of 60 people and resulted in numerous injuries. France has communicated its total solidarity to the Spanish authorities during this terrible time. The French government expresses its sincere condolences to the victims' families and loved ones. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. de Villepin, has just communicated his strong concern to Ana Palacio [the Spanish Foreign Minister]. Terrorism, under all of its forms and regardless of its origins, must be tirelessly fought."

The UK Foreign Office views the bombings as "a disgusting assault on the very principle of European democracy."

Meanwhile, France has increased security on its Spanish border.

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