Responding to the news, the Prime Minister said:
What has happened in Paris is an appalling terrorist outrage and I know that everyone in Britain will want to stand with the French government and with the French people at this time. We must never allow the values that we hold dear, of democracy, of freedom of speech to be damaged by these terrorists. We must stand against what they have done and I feel huge sympathy for everyone in France, particularly for the families of those who have lost loved ones. We will stand with you at this time and I know that Chancellor Merkel will absolutely agree with me that everyone should combine to condemn completely this outrage and stand with the French people at this time.
Chancellor Merkel said:
What has happened in Paris today is indeed a barbarous attack against all of the values we share. All of us that live in Europe strongly condemn these attacks and our thoughts go out to the French people and particularly to those who have lost loved ones in this horrendous attack. This is an attack against the values we all hold dear, values by which we stand, values of freedom of the press, freedom in general and the dignity of man. And again our thoughts are with the French people with all of those who have lost loved ones in this horrific attack and everything we can do to help the French we will certainly do.