Hampshire County Council has joined tributes across Europe today, in remembering those who lost their lives in the series of terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Friday 13 November.
The terrorist incidents claimed at least 129 lives and resulted in widespread casualties.
As a mark of respect and expression of solidarity, the County Council is flying the Tricolore alongside the Union flag today – both of which have been lowered to half-mast. County Council staff and Councillors also joined the Europe-wide minute’s silence observed at 11am this morning.
Commenting following the silence, County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry said: “These attacks were horrific and appalling, and we share the shock and profound sadness that is being felt across Europe in the wake of these atrocities. Our thoughts go out to the families of all those individuals who were killed and injured.”
As one of the founding co-chairmen of Hampshire’s Interfaith Network, which promotes mutual understanding between people of faith, Councillor Perry added: “I know from my many good contacts with Muslims in Hampshire, formed since we created the Interfaith Network, that they are just as sickened as people of all other faiths by the terrible events which took place in Paris on Friday.”