London: World leaders responded with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night, though there was little action any could immediately take.
The United Nations Security Council issued a statement condemning "barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks" involving assailants using guns and bombs on several venues, including the national sports stadium and a major music venue.
Divided on many issues, including on the war in Syria that has fueled Islamist violence, the United States and Russia both voiced their support in messages to French President Francois Hollande.
"Once again we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians," said US President Barack Obama. "We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need."
"Those who think that they can terrorise the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong," Obama said.