November 13th, 2015 - Terrorist attacks in Paris
Merci beaucoup pour vos messages de condoléances suite aux attaques perpétrées à Paris le 13 novembre 2015.
“There are not enough words to sum up the horrific acts that took place in Paris. We stood in horror and with compassion as news spread of the terrorist attacks and their extent. There is no doubt that evil was on display that night, but the French people are resilient. They came together in the midst of terror to help their fellow people, reminding us all that evil will never win. The State of Illinois stands with the City of Paris and the entire French Republic during this difficult time.”
Governor Bruce Rauner, State of Illinois
The City of Chicago stands shoulder to shoulder with the City of Paris in the wake of the despicable and horrifying terror attacks. For nearly 20 years Chicago and Paris have been sister cities, united by a free and rich exchange of culture and democratic ideals. I speak for all Chicago when I say that we are saddened and sickened by what has taken place and our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims, their families, and with all of the French people.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago
Je suis très choqué par les actes terroristes contre Paris. Nos pensées et prières vont aux Français. Les USA sont solidaires de la France.
Mark Steven Kirk, United States Senator from Illinois
Thoughts and prayers are with you and all of France, especially now. We stand with you in fellowship and with gratitude for our long history of unity. Our prayers go to all those touched by this senseless tragedy.
Bob Fioretti & Nicki Fioretti
Chicago 2nd Ward Alderman 2007-2015
The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago is horrified at the heinous attacks on innocent civilians in Paris that have resulted in the loss of more than a hundred precious lives, many more injuries, and a shock in the peaceful lives. We share in their grief and offer sincere prayers of peace and healing for the affected families and all people of France.
We join in the condemnations issued by the national organizations, such as Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and US Council Muslim Organizations that can be seen at the links below:
Please pass on the prayers of Chicago to the people of Paris. We stand together against violence.
Dear Consul General Floreani:
It’s impossible to convey how deeply sad and horrified we are regarding the recent events in Paris.
AJC on Deadly Attacks in Paris
November 13, 2015 – New York – AJC Executive Director David Harris: “As the horrific events in Paris unfold, AJC stands in full solidarity with the government and people of France. We mourn the loss of so many innocent lives, wish for the recovery of the wounded, pray the hostages will soon be freed, and know the authorities are seeking to bring this barbarism to an end as quickly as humanly possible. We have no doubt that France will prevail in this deadly assault on its citizens – and on everything the country stands for. At this time, all people of good will should proudly and loudly say #JeSuisFrancais.”
Director AJC Chicago
Respected Mr. Floreani:
I write with a heavy heart at the horrific terrorist attacks last night on our French brethren in Paris. On behalf of Chicagoans, our Inter-Faith community, and particularly the Muslim-Americans around Chicago, I tender our deepest condolences to the French Government and its citizenry: be assured that we stand right behind you all in these tragic times, and we join the entire French nation in its national days of mourning.
[...] Both my wife and I are personally saddened by these horrors perpetrated on Parisians yesterday. Please count on us for any and all possible support as your Chicago team addresses the aftermath of this despicable and barbaric targeting of our French brothers and sisters in humanity. To use a cliche - but with passionate sincerity - indeed, today We Are All French!
With prayers and well-wishes.
Kareem M. Irfan
Past Chairman - Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Past President - Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago
Once again we are shocked and disgusted by the death and suffering inflicted on innocent people by individuals bereft of decency. The callous nature of those that murder in the name of religion, to protect Al Aqsa, for their gang, in fear of the other.
I dread turning on the news each morning for fear that more Jews will have been murdered in Israel. That more families will have to bury their loved ones, that more victims will be forced to live with the wounds of another senseless attack.
A clash of civilizations? No, we are in a struggle between enlightened civilization and immoral self-righteousness. Between a society based on justice and equality and one built on fear, self-loathing, violence, and misology.
These people have no civilization.
We will bury our dead and care for our wounded and move forward with a sense of purpose. We are fighting a common terrorist threat be it in Paris, London, Chicago, or Jerusalem. But our cause is just and we will prevail.
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
I am deeply saddened by the news from Paris and wish to express my condolences to the people of Paris, and of France after this terrible attack on the beautiful city of lights, your country and truly against humanity. I wish you peace to bring comfort, and courage to face the days ahead.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Very truly yours,
Consul General of El Salvador
Dean of the Chicago Consular Corod
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the wake of the horrors of last Friday in Paris. Your brothers and sisters in the UK will always be with the people of France at times like this and together we will stand to challenge this threat to our freedom and our way of life. If there is anything I and my team can do here in Chicago to help you at this difficult time you only need to ask and we will be there.
With all my best wishes and my heartfelt condolences.
Stephen Bridges HM Consul-General, British Consulate-General
Letter of condolences from Carmen Fontes, Consul General of Spain in Chicago
We have been shocked before this year, but now we are shocked again, and deeply saddened by the attacks on Paris citizens by cold blooded murderers with a distorted mission.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims. On behalf of the Dutch and other Europeans in the Midwest I wish France and the French and French American community in the Midwest my heartfelt sympathy and much strength.
Klaas van der Tempel
Consul General of the Netherlands in Chicago
EU Local Chair
Je suis choquée des nouvelles des attaques lâches d’ hier soir à Paris. Ce sont des attaques contre l’ Europe, contre notre communauté des valeurs. Mes pensées vont aux families des victimes innocents et au peuple français dont la Grèce est solidaire.
Consul General of Greece
In the wake of the horrendous events which occurred in France on November 13, 2015, which left the whole world stunned and disbelieving of the depth and breadth of man’s inhumanity to man, we stand together in silent prayer with our French friends for the fallen and the lost in this tragedy.
The only way to fight terror is not to give in to it but to live one’s life to the fullest, not to show fear and to hold our heads high in belief that the humanity will win over, that a hand extended in friendship will stand as a firm bastion against all enemies. In that we stand united with French people in the knowledge that the fallen will not be forgotten and that this too shall pass.
On behalf of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia and my own I offer our most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Consulate General of France in Chicago.
Acting Consul General
Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia
Dear Consul General Floreani,
With a heavy heart I wish to express my sincere condolences to the people of Paris. In the wake of such tragedy, the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Moldova prays for a peaceful future and stands with France in solidarity.
Honorary Consul of Moldova
Lettre de condoléances au nom de la Communauté des Belges et des Belgo Americains de la region de Chicago.
Lettre de condoléance Charif Hachim, Consul Général Honoraire de l’Union des Comores à Chicago.
Il est avec une profonde tristesse que je vous écris aujourd’hui pour exprimer mes sincères condoléances pour les tragédies qui sont passés en France vendredi dernier.
Je suis à vos dispositions. Les prières de ma famille chez moi et au travaille sont toujours avec vous et tout la France.
*Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité....et Solidarité
Director of External Affairs
Office of Honorable City Clerk, Susana A. Mendoza
Dear Mr. Floreani,
Please accept my sincere expression of condolences. I am deeply saddened by the terrible events that took place in Paris on Friday. My heart goes out to you, your colleagues, family and friends.
I am praying for peace and clarity to do what is right and good to protect our safety and liberty.
Delta Air Lines
Dear Consul General Vincent Floreani,
I am so sorry to hear last night terrorist attacks. This is the email circulation that I shared within out network. just wanted to let you know that our hearts are beating together with you.
"Unfortunately we have all been shaken by the devastating incident of the attacks that happened in Paris, France Friday November 13th that has led to the deaths of many innocent individuals.
Any such terrorist act, is not only a threat against human but the universal values we all deem critical in establishing and maintaining a peaceful world.
I pray that God will lead humanity towards a life full of peace and serenity. I ask everyone to join this prayer and to stand up against the inhumane actions of pure violence in order to restore humanity and tranquility.
All our sincere prayers go out to the victims, their families, their loved ones, and to all the people of France..."
Mustafa Adam YAZICI, Executive Director
Turkish American Society, INC
Turquoise Cultural Center
[...] It is now with great solemnity that I write to convey our community’s deepest condolences to you and the citizens of Paris—truly all of France—for the horrors that unfolded there over the weekend. We are all still stunned by the news and share your concern with the situation as it continues to develop.
If there is any way we might be of assistance please do not hesitate to call upon us. We are here with you in solidarity.
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
The World Trade Center Kentucky offers its condolences and support to our valued friends and trade partners in France.
Letter of support and condolence from President Ali Malekzadeh, Roosevelt University - Chicago
You have my sincerest condolences for the people in Paris that died in the terror attacks yesterday.
I stand with you and France in your grief and in your resolve to defeat this world-wide menace that has struck the greatest city in the world.
We are all Parisians on this day.
Jim Duff, Director Milwaukee Cty Veterans Services Office
Consul General Floreani:
Our heart goes out to you and the people of France as a result of this terrible act of terror in Paris. We are all praying for the peace and safety of the French people. God bless!
Victor B. Dickson
President & CEO - Safer Foundation
Dear Consul General Floreani
The members and friends of the Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance and the citizens of Northwest Indiana extend their deepest and profound sympathies to you and the people of France on the horrific loss of life in Paris tonight.
As do I, many of us have friends in Paris and France, and pray for their safety.
It is also our prayer that this tragedy will auger in a more aggressive attack on terrorism in France and the entire world. Prayerfully, the untold sacrifices made this evening will not be in vein.
Equally, it is our prayer that you and your staff will find peace and comfort at this difficult time. It was our honor to have met you last January.
Blessings and best wishes,
W. Dennis Hodges, Executive Vice President
Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance
Sachez que nous les professeurs de français de cette région du centre-ouest des États-Unis offrons notre soutien et nos condoléances aux Parisiens et au peuple français dans ces circonstances si éprouvantes. En effet, les mots nous manquent pour bien exprimer nos sentiments.
Déléguée Régionale, Région VI
Association Américaine des Professeurs de Français
I just want to extend my profound grief over the recent events in Paris and to let you know that we are with you in solidarity.
David Y. Chack
President, Association for Jewish Theatre
"Yesterday, humanity suffered another act of senseless, brutal, terrorism. On behalf of Maestro Muti, the musicians, the entire CSO family, the soloist and myself, I want to express our condolences and deepest sympathy to the victims and their families. And to quote Leonard Bernstein after John F. Kennedy’s death: “This is our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, and more devotedly than ever before.”
Edo de Waart, Conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
My thoughts are with you!
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and Facets Children + Youth
My heart is with all our friends in Paris and hoping they are safe.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Thinking of you and all my friends from/in France. I pray your family and loved ones are safe.
Michelle T. Boone
Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
I have been struggling to find the words to express my sympathy and strong support in this terrible moment for France [...] I can only imagine how difficult this has been for everyone.
I hope all of your friends and family are safe, but also I am so sorry about all of the innocent young people in Paris that were lost in this senseless violence.
Please know how much support there is here for our dear French friends and colleagues.
Jeanne Gang, FAIA
Our hearts are with you on this terrible day ! hope your loved ones are safe,
much love !
Assaf Evron (Tel Aviv & Chicago)
Please accept my condolences for the tragic events in Paris. My thoughts and prayers are with you and with the people of France.
In solidarity and friendship,
Ian H. Solomon
Vice President for Global Engagement
The University of Chicago
Dear Consul General Floreani,
I join your many friends at Mayo Clinic in expressing heartfelt sympathy for all those affected by the tragic events in Paris. Please know of our well wishes for you and yours, and the people of your country.
Matthew D. Dacy
Director – Heritage Hall
Mayo Clinic, Rochester (MN)
We at Central Reform Congregation join with people around the world in sending love and healing to the people of Paris and of France.
I am thinking of you, your kindness and caring for the people of St. Louis and our struggles, and I pray that your family is safe and well.
We will continue to pray for the victims and their families and all who have been traumatized by this awful violence.
Hate and ignorance will not have the last word because we will stand together as we mourn and rise from our mourning with renewed hope that the good in us will win.
With much love,
Rabbi Susan Talve
Central Reform Congregation
St. Louis, Missouri
Mon cher Vincent,
Ce qui vient de se dérouler à Paris est impensable. Sachez que toutes nos pensées sont avec vous, vos amis et votre famille. Nous, ma famille et ma ville natale de St. Louis - nous avons tous été francophiles pour des raisons profondes par respect et admiration pour les Français.
Nous sommes tous avec vous aujourd’hui et pour toujours.
Jane M. Roberts
President of Renaissance Française – USA,
Chair of the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences of Webster University in St. Louis
On behalf of all of our team at Notre Dame, please accept our most sincere condolences in light of the terrible events in Paris on Friday.
T. (University of Notre Dame, IN)
This is the second time in less than a year that I write to convey my deepest sympathy for your loss in the face of senseless terrorism. Words are almost useless now. All civilized peoples need to come together and commit ourselves to this fight. I will be writing to the White House to insist that the U.S. act with conviction and strength, beside our French allies, our good neighbors in the world, our brothers and sisters.
Again, my deepest condolences.
E. D. (Downers Grove, IL)
To the French Chicago Consul and all French citizens,
My condolences to each victim and their families, as well as all French men and women for yesterday’s tragic murders.
Long Live France!
B. L. (Mt. Prospect, IL)
We are so grateful our daughter got to go to Paris two weeks ago. As grateful as we are for her safe trip, we are as saddened that once again we send condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
With deepest sympathies
J. & B. F. (Ankeny, IA)
My prays go out to the family’s in Paris and God bless France and as a American I stand with you "!
Dear Residents of France,
I am deeply saddened by the events that have transpired in Paris over the last
several days. As the experience of 9/11 in the United States was so devastating
and the fear that I have for my children as a result, should not be something that
people have to consistently live through. I am so sorry for the great people of
I would like to share some stories. My twin nieces had the honor of going to
Paris for their high school trip. They studied the French language in high school.
One of my nieces had the amazing opportunity to study during her junior year of
college near Marseille. I’ve visited her October 2014 in Paris. I only had
three days to visit but it was one of the best experiences of my life. The people
were wonderful to us, sightseeing was amazing and we had 70 degree F, weather. I
long to visit Paris again for an extended stay. I would like to bring my
13-year-old daughter who is fascinated with Paris.
I pray for the safety of your country and for the French people.
Dear Residence of France,
My name is Grace, I’m obsessed with Paris. I’ve been longing to go to Paris since
I was 8 years old, and hearing of this tragedy makes me feel just speechless. I
pray for the people of France and give you all my hope and sympathy. Chicago
stands with you. #prayforparis
G. (Chicago, IL)
To all of my friends and colleagues at the Consulate in Chicago,
I would like to send you my deepest and heartfelt condolences following the terrible attacks on innocent lives, the beautiful city of lights, and your country on Friday, November 13. I am truly shocked by these acts of terrorism against the freedom, culture, and joie de vivre that France embodies, and that I admire so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you, the victims, their families and loved ones, the city of Paris, and all the people of France.
C. M. (Pittsburgh, PA)
Dear Consul General of France, Vincent Floreani,
As someone whose ancestors long ago came from the Saintonge area of France, I have always felt a connection to it. So I am both saddened and outraged at the recent series of terrorist attacks and particularly so on last week’s inhuman and depraved murder of your country men, women and children.
I know that France has endured many such horrors in its long history and that it will, once again, unite and triumph over what your President has rightly called this "act of barbarism."
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences.
Vive la France!
P. G. St.O
Dear Consul General Floreani,
Tout ma vie, je suis une Francophile, et depuis vendredi, j’ai ete tres triste.
My head has been in a cloud since I read Friday afternoon—Chicago time—of the murders in Paris. For most of the past three days, I’ve been watching "France24.com.” grieving with an injured Paris, and hoping to read of further arrests of the murderers.
I send my condolences to you and all the French people. I send my goodness and best wishes to you and your country. Please know that I deeply care for your welfare, that of your fellow French citizens, and the whole of France.
Nous n’avons pas peur! Viva la France!
Very Sincerely Yours,
D. L. (Chicago, IL)
I wish to express my sympathy to you and the French people for your terrible loss this weekend. The terrorist action has repulsed and horrified us all. Our countries share a long history of standing together to fight against those who threaten freedom, and that strong bond still lives today. Terrorism will not prevail. Liberty is the desire of every person, and unified we will ensure its’ survival.
As we mourn with you today, we also pledge to work for a future free of such atrocities.
May the prayers of our country be heard in Paris today,
W. K. (Louisville, KY)
Je presente toutes mes condolences au peuple et je leur reitere tout mon soutien dans ces moments difficiles.
Mes prières vont à toutes les familles à Paris qui ont été blessées par cet attentat terroriste et en tant que créole américaine nous sommes avec le peuple de France.
To the French people.
I truly mourn for you, the events of 11/13/15 are beyond words, and comprehension. As was NY 9/11. I go through life striving for my family my wife and daughter are the breath of my existence, witnessing these events I feel for all those families affected, very deeply, and I truly wish I could act to resolve the pain which has been incurred, I do believe that am not prejudice, I was born and raised in Chicago lL USA. I have lived with gone to school and worked with all kinds of people, race creed and color. We as humans are all different which is a good thing it makes us interesting to each other we are unique to our self`s. I truly live my life with this out look and have instilled this in my daughter...
Sincerely and Truly
The Interfaith Harmony Committee of Lahore High Court Bar Association offers its deepest condolences to the people of France and its government. The innocent victims of these barbaric attacks and their families are in our thoughts and prayers.
“This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”
We extended our heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved families and French citizens. We strongly condemn such acts of terrorism in all forms and manifestations and “sends condolences to the government and people of France,”
In sympathy and solidarity, we are standing beside you all.
Waheed Ahmad, Advocate High Court
Secretary Interfaith Harmony Committee of Lahore High Court Bar Association
Chairman Child Rights Committee of Lahore Bar Association.
Legal Aid Commissioner International Criminal Court
This morning, the thoughts and prayers of the FRAME staff and board go out to all of our colleagues and friends in France. As an organization dedicated to cross-cultural collaboration and exchange, these terror attacks hit close to home for all of us. We are truly sorry.
French Regional American Museum Exchange (FRAME)
Marissa and I extend our deepest sympathies to you in this terrible time. We hope all of your families and friends are safe.
Rest assured that people from all over the world will travel to the magical city that is Paris in two weeks to help grieve and replace these horrible events with a positive and important historic achievement on climate change. Paris will forever remain the City of Lights and a wonderful place to celebrate the positive achievements of humankind.
Richard M. Saines
Baker & McKenzie LLP
To our Chicago-based French neighbors, I just want to offer my prayers to the people of Paris, of France, and those French citizens residing in Chicago and the U.S. I wish there was some tangible way I could help; as it is, I can only offer you my prayers.
L. A. (Chicago, IL)
Tonight, I will be saying special prayers for the people of France. Many of my family and friends are doing the same. We wish we could do more to help you at your hour of need. Rest assured, the American people stand beside you.
E. R. Y., Jr.
Je regrette l’attaque terroriste sur Paris.
Mes salutations et le soutien aux familles des victimes.
Français, nous sommes avec vous.
Auteur du roman The Butcher of Lyon/le Boucher de Lyon
I want to express my deepest condolences to the people of France and the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris. Our prayers go out to the families of the dead and wounded and to the entire French Nation.
"News of Peace 2"
We are horrified by the recent events in Paris, and we send you our love and support, hoping that your friends and families are well.
L. & S.
I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that your family, friends, and the people of Paris are in my thoughts. I hope your loved ones are safe.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your countrymen.
I hope that all of your loved ones are safe, but know that isn’t the case for so many people.
All the best through this difficult time,
Z. & D. (Chicago, IL)
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the people of France at this terrible time. Terror can never conquer freedom and compassion.
I want to express my deep sadness and condolences to the City of Paris and all of France for the horrible attacks you suffered last weekend. As an American I want to express my solidarity with you and pledge to support our government in its alliance with you to stop the barbarians who perpetrated this atrocity.
B. L. (Burr Ridge, IL)
Dear Consul General Floreani,
We extend our deepest sympathies
to the families of the victims resulting
from yesterday’s attacks in Paris.
H. L. (Western Springs, IL)
We are appalled and saddened by the attacks on your country. We stand with Paris. Vive La France!
M. & O. W. (Leavenworth, KS)
God bless France. Veev la France
Viva la France!
We are deeply saddened by the horrifying terrorist attack in Paris November 13.
Our condolences are to families of victims and our thoughts to people of France.
Vive la France.
P., M., T. G., P. G., & T. H. (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Just wanted to express my sympathy for the innocent French people.
I hope the families and friends of the victims find some comfort in knowing that people everywhere are praying and for them.
America stands with France.
Jeff Daniel (Centerville, OH)
Today all of Chicago stands with our friends in the great city of Paris. The entire civilized world needs to stand up to these murdering savages and eradicate them from the face of the earth until the end of time.
R. F. (Chicago, IL)
I just wanted to send you my most sincere condolences. My heart bleeds for humanity
and for the families.
M. M. S. D G-W
My prayers for the people affected and the country of France for this most cowardly attack on the people and the country of France.
I also hope that you are able to bring those responsible for this horrid attack to justice.
Vive La FRANCE !
We stand with you and shed tears with you. We are all French. We will prevail. Vive la France !
Dear French brothers and sisters:
My deepest and sincerest condolences to France and the families who have lost loved ones in today’s barbaric and horrific acts of violence. It is incomprehensible. You are all in my prayers.
Julie Sawicki (Chicago, IL)
Nous sommes avec la France
We stand with France
To the people of France from just a regular guy, We the people of the US stand with you and grieve with you.
I pray for for those who lost loved ones and are caring for injured loved ones.
Viva La France
R. C. (Livonia, MI)
Dear Consulate General of France in Chicago,
I wish to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the people
of Paris and all of France for the tragic events of November 13, 2015.
I have traveled for many years and have spent many wonderful times
in France and Paris. The last time being August 2014.
My heart hurts for you.