Prime Minister Anthony extends sympathies to France

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Saint Lucia Prime Minister Hon. Dr Kenny D. Anthony (left) with French Ambassador HE Eric de La Moussaye – Remembrance Day 2014.

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister and Minister For Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has called on France’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, His Excellency, Eric de La Moussaye, to express his sympathy in the wake of last week’s deadly terrorist attacks in the French capital, Paris.

On Wednesday, January 8th, gunmen stormed the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 10 journalists and two police officers. It was one of several attacks across France.

Through the ambassador, Dr. Anthony extended his condolences to the Government and people of France, praising them for their response to the tragedy. Dr. Anthony said: “The Government of Saint Lucia condemns the perpetrators of this shocking and horrific action in the strongest possible terms, and our Government and people join the rest of the world in mourning the senseless murder of your citizens. France has been a bastion of liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of expression. Last week’s unconscionable attack was an assault on the very bedrock on which democracy is founded.”

On Friday, two suspects were killed by police outside of Paris. Two days later, world leaders joined millions of people in unity marches throughout France. In Paris alone, up to 1.6 million gathered, and there were rallies worldwide, in London, Madrid, Cairo, Montreal, Beirut, Sydney, Tokyo, Madrid, London, Washington, Montreal and Berlin.

Dr. Anthony added: “We stand with the people of France, especially the bereaved families, in your moment of grief, even as you stand shoulder to shoulder in the wake of this barbaric act. Under the leadership of President Francois Hollande, the response of the French people has been commendable and inspirational. The people of Saint Lucia join in your demonstration of solidarity against the climate of fear that these cowardly attackers intended to instill.”

On Wednesday 14th January 2015, the French Embassy in Saint Lucia and the Alliance Française of Saint Lucia will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the recent attacks. A condolence book will be opened to the public at the Alliance Française.

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5 comments

  1. What happened in France is being exploited by the media. You are being tricked into a collective mind control. Three men decide to exact violence based on their warped understanding of the Muslim faith and the West is now exploiting this as if all Muslims are dangerous. I am against all violence, but lets wake up and truly access why the Middle East is so fucked up.

    What did the PM have to say about the 2000 killed by Boko Harem in Nigeria? Nada. You see black people's lives are worthless, that's the message I get from his silence. Mind you I don't really take much attention to what Kenny has to say.

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    • I agree with a lot of what you have said. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and another lovely Indian lady are mong those reiterating the point that extremism and terrorism should not be ascribed to a given group, whether religious or otherwise.

      The question of why the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia would speak on the recent tragedies in Paris and Fancy is pretty simple, though. Saint Lucia has long relationships with both France and SVG.

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    • we don't have an ambassador to Nigeria here. but we do have one to France. That's why. he was trying to console him

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  2. Better late than never. as he sleeping?

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    • It's interesting that Saint Lucia was one of just two Caribbean nations that have spoken out about this situation.

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