John Key: NZ stands with France

  • 14/11/2015
Prime Minister John Key (Getty)
Prime Minister John Key (Getty)

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has joined the global chorus of leaders condemning the terrorist attacks in Paris that have killed more than 100 people.

Deaths occurred in a mass hostage taking at a concert hall, while 40 people are feared dead after bombings and shootings across the French capital, which is still recovering from jihadist attacks in January.

Key is en route to Vietnam for a trade mission.

"Our hearts go out to those involved and our thoughts are with them and their families," he said today.

"New Zealand stands with France in the global fight against terror and while it is too soon to attribute blame, the attacks have targeted innocent civilians and are therefore an act of terrorism."

New Zealanders in France Facebook page administrator Garth Paull said all of the group's 1088 members were safe.

"We are currently in contact and ensuring that all members are contacting loved ones back home. We are also setting up a members' support line with some of the admin members of the group," he told Fairfax.

Police say about 100 people were killed at the Bataclan music venue in eastern Paris.

One witness said an attacker had yelled, "Allahu akbar" ("God is great") and fired into the crowd at the concert by US rock band Eagles of Death Metal.

Police stormed the building, killing at least two alleged jihadists.

At least five people were also killed in explosions near the Stade de France national stadium, where France was playing Germany in a football match.

President Francois Hollande was attending the match and was hastily evacuated.

A Cambodian restaurant near the concert hall was also attacked, with further deaths reported.

Hollande declared a state of emergency across the country and cancelled his trip to the G20 summit due to take place in Turkey at the weekend.

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