Yesterday three gunmen stormed editorial venue of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people were shot to death and eight people were injured.
Norwegian leaders condemned the attack with press releases and condolokences letters.
– I condemn in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist act which today hit France. We stand together with the French people in grief, said Børge Brende.
He also noted this is a direct attack on democracy and freedom of speech in addition to being an act of terrorism that affects innocent people.
– Free speech and free thought will never be silenced through terror. Such attacks we saw today will only raise awareness about the importance of freedom of expression and strengthen our determination to defend it, says Brende.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg also sent a condolences letter to french President Francois Hollande.
– On behalf of the Norwegian government. I offer condolences after the hideous assassination of editorial team of Charlie Hebdo. This attack in Paris touches everyone who wants to keep free speech alive. We will not let us scare to self-censorship. Let me express our full solidarity and our deepest sympathy with the victims and their families, as well as with the French people, wrote Solberg.