Marine Le Pen Condemns 'Cowardly' Terrorist Act In New Zealand
Everyone responsible for terrorist acts must be punished regardless of their motives, leader of French party National Rally Marine Le Pen said on Friday in response to the recent terrorist act in New Zealand
"Terrorist attacks are the worst acts of cowardice imaginable. They must be ruthlessly repressed wherever they happen and whatever their sordid motives are. All the victims and their families must be supported and defended," Le Pen twitted adding hashtag #Christchurch to her message.
Marine Le Pen was not the only politician to respond on the attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that "an attack against peaceful people gathering for prayer is shocking in its cruelty and cynicism." UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres extended his "deepest condolences to the families of the victims.
" He also urged non-Muslims to show solidarity with Muslims.
This Friday 49 people lost their lives at the Deans Avenue mosque deadly shooting, police said. Dozens of injured victims are now in hospital. Medics confirmed children were among the victims. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was a terrorist attack and added that the police had detained at least four people that may be involved in shooting. The country has been placed on the highest level of security alert. According to the police, all mosques in New Zealand had been asked to shut their doors.
France itself suffered a series of deadly terrorist attacks not a long time ago. In November 2015 the whole world was shocked by shootings in Bataclan hall and Stade de France which left 130 people dead and 413 injured.