Europeans ‘shocked’ by attack on Shinzo Abe
Top European leaders have expressed sadness after the shooting attack on former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday (July 8), who died hours later.
The President of the European Council Charles Michel said to himself “shocked and saddened by the cowardly attack” against former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whom he described as a “true friend, fierce defender of the multilateral order and democratic values”.
“The EU stands with the people of Japan and [du Premier ministre] Fumio Kishida in these difficult times. My deepest sympathy to his family”wrote Mr. Michel on Twitter.
“Dear Shinzo Abe, stay strong! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and the people of Japan.”a, aside, tweeted European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
French President Emmanuel Macron also said “deeply shocked” in front of “the heinous attack” targeted by Mr. Abe. “France stands alongside the Japanese people”he added on social networks.
Deeply shocked by the heinous attack that Shinzo Abe suffered. Thoughts to the family and loved ones of a great Prime Minister. France stands alongside the Japanese people.
—Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 8, 2022
The French Embassy in Japan, speaking on Twitterexpressed his “emotion” and his “dismay”describing the situation as “dramatic”.
Shots were fired Friday at Shinzo Abe during an election rally in Nara (west), and the former Japanese Prime Minister is in “a very serious condition”according to Fumio Kishida, current Prime Minister of Japan.
The NHK television channel announced, at the end of the morning, the death of Shinzo Abe, a few hours after the attack.
[Mise à jour : ajout de l’information du décès de M. Abe]
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