Remarks With French President Hollande Before Their Meeting

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Elysee Palace
Paris, France
January 16, 2015

PRESIDENT HOLLANDE: (In progress) (Via interpreter) And (inaudible) victims of terrorism a couple of months ago, this is the reason why (inaudible) the violence together. This is the purpose of (inaudible) our friendship.

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, Mr. President, thank you very, very much. And I think you know that you have the full and heartfelt condolences of the American people, and I know you know that we share the pain and the horror of everything you went through. We appreciate your comments about our common history with respect to terrorism. But the American people watch you and your team, and indeed all of the government lead with great elegance and grace in this week, during this difficult time. And we watched the people of France come together with a great sense of purpose and unity. It was a great lesson to the world, I think. And once again, France, through its commitment to freedom and to the passion of ideas, has made an important statement to the world.

So really, our hearts are with you and it’s a pleasure to be able to be here to share these thoughts with you on a personal basis.