The Mongolian public grieves for France
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Mongolian public, from the President to average citizens, have been sharing their grief and sending condolences to the French community in Mongolia and abroad after the series of attacks in Paris on the night of November 13.
On November 14, President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj expressed his deepest condolences to the President of France, Francois Hollande. His letter read, “Dear Francois Hollande, the President of France, I express my deepest condolences to you and the friends and families of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on behalf of the people of Mongolia and in my own name. Mongolians are sharing your grief for the recent horrendous atrocity.”
The Prime Minister also tweeted his condolences on behalf of all Cabinet members. The Mongolian Twitter community was in chaos when the news broke in Mongolia on the morning of November 14, with some who reported having lost their French friends.
The Mayor’s Office workers and the Mongolian public expressed their condolences, placing flowers and lighting candles outside the French Embassy in Mongolia on November 15. They went into the embassy and signed condolences cards as well. Many Mongolian Facebook users have imposed the French flag over their profile pictures and have posted about anti-terrorism sentiments.
Terrorists attacked six parts of Paris at four restaurants, Stade de France stadium, and Bataclan Concert Hall. Three teams of gunmen and suicide bombers killed at least 129 civilians and over 350 people were injured, 99 of whom are in critical condition. The attacks have been identified as the deadliest in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.
The group Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The IS said it was retaliation for French military action in Syria and Iraq. Investigators believe that a multinational team committed the attacks. The team reportedly had links to the Middle East, Belgium, Germany, and possible roots in France. The first attacker to be identified was a French national. Identification cards on the bodies of the attackers shot at Bataclan revealed Syrian and Egyptian citizenship.
A state of emergency has been declared by the President and border controls have been tightened. The President of France said in a speech given in immediate response to the attacks, “To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless.”
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