PUDUCHERRY: French citizens here are in state of shock in the aftermath of the multiple terrorist attacks on Paris that has left at least 127 people dead.
“It was very shocking for everyone”, says Predibane Siva. French Counsular councillor, (elected representative of Overseas French citizens). Everyone is concerned about their relatives and friends living in Paris, he added.
There are around 80,000 French people of Indian origin living in France including Indian citizens with a good majority from Puducherry. So far, there have been no reports of loss of life or injury to any of them. However, all efforts are made to find out about the well being of people of Indian origin living in Paris. By midnight, the scenario would be clear.
French Consulate has informed that there has been no information about any death or injury to anybody from Puducherry or India.
Expressing similar shock at the attacks, Prosper Emannuel, a representative of the French Socialist party in Puducherry said that France will certainly emerge stronger in the coming days. The attack seems to have been triggered by the French foreign policy and the perpetrators of violence will have to face the consequences, said Emanuel.
Meanwhile, a condolence meeting has been scheduled at the French War memorial on Sunday at 4.30 pm and also at the Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges Church (The Church of Our Lady of Angels), in Rue Dumas, at 5 pm to mourn the demise of the victims. Candles will be lighted as a mark of respect. Not just French but all those from any part of the world are welcome to express solidarity with the French.
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Puducherry Lieutenant Governor A K Singh conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members of the horrific attack in Paris, which claimed the lives 127 civilians.
In a letter to Consul General of France, he said that on behalf of Puducherry government and its people, he expressed his solidarity, with the French government and the people.