Statement by Mr. Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States. (June 13, 2016)
On Saturday night, the United States was struck once again by an appalling act of terrorism in Orlando, which led to a terrible number of casualties. Unfortunately, we have experienced similar events in France over the past months. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims, to whom we address our sincerest condolences, and in particular with the LGBT community, which was the primary target of this violent act. The numerous victims who were wounded are in our thoughts as well, and we wish them a swift recovery. France extends its solidarity to the American people and authorities during this difficult time. In the face of such an event, we stand by your side.