Our thoughts, prayers and solidarity are with the people of Paris and France after this unspeakably awful and deeply shocking event. This year France has had to bear more than any country should be expected to and the Scottish Government stands ready to help in any way we can.
The Scottish Government is in close contact with the UK Government and the Scottish Government Resilience Committee will be active in ensuring that ministers are fully briefed by the police on any security implications.
What we shouldn’t and mustn’t do in the face of such horrific attacks is turn on each other. Our Muslim community here are a highly valued and integral part of our society. In the aftermath of the Glasgow Airport bombing people rallied around, to make it clear that they were not responsible. And the same applies now.
People who carry out horrific terrorist attacks like this are extremists. Their actions are utterly reprehensible. Whatever they might claim to be the case, the reality is that they don’t speak for or on behalf of any religion. Indeed, their actions are a perversion of the religion they claim to be acting on behalf of.
Terrorist attacked are intended to divide us and destroy the freedoms we take for granted. We must be united in our determination that they will never succeed.
But first and foremost, our thoughts will continue to be with the people of France, as we send the message that we stand with them in love, friendship and solidarity.