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President Sauli Niinistö. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

President Sauli Niinistö sent a message of condolence to François Hollande, the president of France, on the attack on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday.

President Niinistö expressed his condolences on his own behalf and on the behalf of the people of Finland to the family and friends of the victims and to the people of France.

“Finland condemns terrorism in the strongest terms. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are fundamental European values,” President Niinistö said in his message.

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Foreign minister Erkki Tuomoioja. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

According to foreign minister Erkki Tuomioja, the terror attack in Paris unfortunately is an example of a matter, which has arrived at the centre of Europe.

“We live in a world, where a hundred scholars could be killed in Pakistan or Nigeria but we are not waiting this to happen in the middle of Paris,” Tuomioja said.

According to Tuomioja, one must prepare for more similar attacks in Europe.

“Finland could be a target as well. Even though, there are no threats targeted to Finland,” Tuomioja said.