Update: French President, Emmanuel Macron, Issues A Statement On The Manchester Blast

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has expressed his “horror” and “distress” at the Manchester attack. The Élysée Palace said Macron was planning to speak to Theresa May later today, writes Kim Willsher.

In a statement, the recently elected French leader said he sent the British people France’s “compassion and sorrow” and pledged to continue working with Britain to fight terrorism.

France’s prime minister, Édouard Philippe, condemned what he called “the most cowardly terrorism” that had “specifically and clearly” targeted young people going to a concert.

“In the face of this abominable crime, I would like to express to the citizens of Manchester and the British people, my sadness, the French people’s solidarity and unwavering friendship,” Philippe told AFP.

French government spokesman Christophe Castaner tweeted: “Once more attacked, our democracies must work together. My thoughts and solidarity go to the victims, their families and the British…”

Interior minister Gérard Collomb also Tweeted sympathy to Manchester. The Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, wrote on Twitter: “Tonight Paris stands with Manchester”.

French-Canadian singer Céline Dion wrote: “Manchester, I am with you. All my love”.

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