Osama bin Laden’s death
:: President Sarkozy’s statement:
"President Obama’s announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death in a remarkable U.S. commando operation in Pakistan is a milestone in the global fight against terrorism. France hails the tenacity of the United States, which had sought him for 10 years.
The main person responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden promoted an ideology of hatred and led a terrorist organization that left thousands of victims worldwide, notably in the Muslim countries.
For these victims, justice has been done. This morning, France is thinking of them and their families.
The scourge of terrorism has suffered a historic failure, but this is not the end of Al Qaeda. The fight against the criminals who uphold its principles must continue relentlessly and unite all nations that are the victims of these crimes."
:: For his part, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé made the following statement on Europe 1 this morning:
“We understand and share the joy of the American people. We must remember the horrific tragedy they endured on September 11, 2001, which left 3,000 dead; those highly symbolic attacks on the Twin Towers in New York. And as President Obama said, the feeling today that justice has been done explains the American people’s explosion of joy, which we can only share (…). We too are fighting terrorism, an abominable scourge, because it is sheer cowardice to attack innocent populations in barbarous conditions, as we just saw again in Marrakesh; it is something that rallies all democracies.”