Sarkozy condemns Pune blast

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.


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

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