Ban phones Frances Hollande to offer condolences in wake of terrorist attacks

In a readout of the conversation, the UN chief commended France’s determination and active role in mobilizing the international community to counter the grave threat of international terrorism, according to a UN readout of the call.At the same time, Mr. Ban underscored that many refugees were themselves fleeing extremism and terrorism and stressed the importance for France and Europe to continue to treat refugees and migrants with compassion and to respect their rights.Though details are still emerging, terrorists carried out multiple coordinated shootings and bomb attacks across Paris this past Friday, 13 November, targeting a concert hall, cafes and the Stade de France stadium, reportedly killing more than 120 people and wounding some 400 others. According to media reports, Da’esh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks. read more