EU ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen on the events in France (12/01/2015)

I have been shocked and appalled by the utterly condemnable terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo and the four people murdered in the despicable and anti-Semitic attack on the kosher supermarket in Paris.

Today's march of a million people from France, Europe and all over the world is evidence not only of solidarity with the victims but of a determination to defend our common values of democracy, including freedom of speech and religion, against extremism and intolerance.

As High Representative Federica Mogherini has said, “We must, in the days to come, make sure that this pain transforms itself into concrete actions”. I am confident that Europe will rise to the challenge.'