German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull express their solidarity with France, after attacks in Paris kill at least 120. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday (November 14) that Germany would help France to hunt down the perpetrators of the Paris attacks and that Berlin would jointly battle the fight against terrorism with France to defend European values. "Behind us lies one of the most terrible nights that Europe has been through for a long time. The people in Paris are enduring a nightmare of violence, terror and fear. Above all, today I would like to say one thing to them and to the French people as a whole: we, your German friends, feel so close to you. We are crying with you. We will join you in the fight against those who did something so unfathomable to you," she said. Gunmen and bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris on Friday (November 13), killing at least 120 people in a deadly rampage. President Francois Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist attack and that it was the work of Islamic State. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also pledged solidarity with France . "Freedom stands up for itself, stands up for its values in the face of terrorism, in France, Australia - all around the world. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France and with all free peoples in the battle against terrorism," he said. The coordinated assault came as France, a founder member of the U.S.-led coalition waging air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq, was on high alert for terrorist attacks ahead of a global climate conference due to open later this month. Hollande declared a nationwide state of emergency - the first since the end of World War Two - and announced the closure of France's borders to stop perpetrators escaping.