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EU vows to help France fight Islamic State 'barbarity'

'More than ever, all over Europe, solidarity and cooperation will be essential in the fight against barbarity and to ensure that our shared values prevail,' Jean-Claude Juncker wrote in a letter to Hollande. Photograph: (Getty)

Brussels, Belgium Jul 26, 2016, 09.43 PM (IST)
The head of the European Commission yesterday pledged "Europe's solidarity and cooperation in the fight against barbarity", in a letter to French President Francois Hollande after a church attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

"More than ever, all over Europe, solidarity and cooperation will be essential in the fight against barbarity and to ensure that our shared values prevail," Jean-Claude Juncker wrote.

"The European Commission is fully mobilised, along with other European institutions, to provide all the support it can to France in these painful moments," he added.

In a statement, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also expressed solidarity and offered her "condolences to the families of the victims, to France and the Catholic Church."

"Targeting a man of faith, of any faith, is always a crime against our common humanity because it means targeting the deeper essence of our lives, believers and non-believers alike," she said.

"The right answer is to keep living together, to stop the hatred," Mogherini said.

"The terrible, daily news of attacks reinforce our common work against terrorism, within and beyond our borders," she said. "It's unity that will make us prevail."

The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, wrote on Twitter: "We stand side by side with the French in the face of this incomprehensible savagery."

(AFP)
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