SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia grieves with France over the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday, adding he had discussed the evolving international terror threat with President Francois Hollande.
Abbott and Hollande spoke on the telephone on Friday, the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement, saying the French leader had updated him on the situation as it was unfolding and other recent attacks.
“The prime minister stated on behalf of the government and people of Australia how deeply our nation grieves for all the victims of the recent terror attack in Paris,” the statement said.
“He praised the leadership of the president at this difficult time. The two leaders discussed the evolving nature of the international terrorist threat and the fact that this is a common problem that our world faces.”