Key briefed mid-air on Paris attacks

  • 14/11/2015
John Key speaking to reporters in Darwin, Australia
John Key speaking to reporters in Darwin, Australia

Prime Minister John Key had a mid-air briefing with officials after finding out about the Paris attacks while he was flying to Australia.

He has also confirmed his daughter, Stephie, who lives in Paris, is safe.

Stephie Key was at a mall when the attacks happened. Mr Key's wife, Bronagh, was watching news coverage on television and phoned Stephie to tell her to get in a taxi and go straight home.

Mr Key is on his way to Vietnam for a trade visit. He will then continue to an Apec summit in Manila.

He learned about the attacks in France during the flight to Darwin and had a conversation with New Zealand officials via the plane's cockpit communications system.

Once he landed he was properly briefed on the attacks, which have left at least 150 people dead in the French capital.

Mr Key told reporters that so far there were no reports of any New Zealanders injured or dead in the violence in Paris, but he said it was difficult to get information at this point.

"We're not in a position where we can be absolutely sure that there are no New Zealanders involved, but on the advice we've had so far there's none that present themselves," Mr Key said.

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