Portsmouth MP describes attacks in French capital as ‘barbaric and cowardly’

Police activity by the Bataclan concert hall, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital which are feared to have killed around 120 people. PPP-151114-123230001

Police activity by the Bataclan concert hall, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital which are feared to have killed around 120 people. PPP-151114-123230001

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THE MP for Portsmouth North has encouraged the people of Portsmouth to show solidarity for the people of France following the tragic attacks last night.

Penny Mordaunt has been in London today as the Prime Minister held urgent talks at a COBRA meeting.

She said: ‘It’s horrific. It’s the most barbaric and cowardly act murdering innocent people who were going about their business, relaxing and enjoying themselves.

‘I think that from the Prime Minister all over the country and in our city as well there has been a huge outpouring of sympathy and solidarity with the people of France.

‘We know we are living in dangerous times and that ISIL, who I understand are claiming responsibility for this, are a threat and we need to be alert.

‘But we also need to ensure that these corwads don’t in any way affect our way of life, which is their aim.

‘People feel very strongly about that.

‘I have been in contact with a number of constituents this morning and I think people want opportunities to express their solidarity. I think people will welcome opportunities to do that with some sort of vigil.’

It comes as France declares three days of mourning following the attacks in Paris last night which saw 127 people killed.

Earlier, Portsmouth City Council leader councillor Donna Jones expressed her views on the attacks.

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