Wellington pledges support for France

  • 17/11/2015
Wellington pledges support for France

Parliament has unanimously pledged its support to France for the loss of life in the weekend terrorist attacks while Wellington's mayor addressed a large crowd at a public vigil.

Acting Prime Minister Bill English today introduced a motion pledging support, saying the killings were an assault on democratic freedom.

"It is abhorrent to us that people going about their daily lives were gunned down in cold blood in an act designed purely for the purpose of killing as many as possible," he said.

All party leaders spoke in support of the motion.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people packed Wellington's Civic Square this evening for an emotional vigil.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and French ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Ridley addressed those that gathered, saying the city stood with Paris.

The crowd, draped in blue, white and red, then broke out into a rendition of La Marseillaise.

Condolence books have been opened in parliament's foyer and the council building.