Sarkozy condemns Pune blast
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010, 23:15
New Delhi: French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday strongly condemned the "abominable" terror attack in Pune and expressed support to India in its efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 'cowardly" act.

The President "strongly condemns the abominable attack perpetrated against the city of Pune... claiming tens of victims, killed or injured in a most cowardly manner," a statement released by the French Embassy here said.

It said Sarkozy expresses his sorrowful condolences to their families, their near and dear ones, to the people and the Government of India.

"On behalf of France, the President of the Republic assures the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh of France's full and entire solidarity," the statement said.

Affirming his determination to fight terrorism relentlessly, Sarkozy expressed support to India in its "efforts so that the perpetrators of these unspeakable criminal acts may be brought to justice and sentenced."

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner also denounced the terror attack and said there could be no excuse for "recourse to terrorism, a criminal act."

France, he said, is at India?s side in its fight against this scourge.


First Published: Sunday, February 14, 2010, 23:15

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