VIENNA (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is describing the attacks in Paris as “heinous, evil” and “vile,” calling them “an assault on our common humanity.”
Kerry says the U.S. embassy in Paris is “making every effort to account for the welfare of American citizens in the city.”
The State Department says U.S. citizens can contact 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S.) or 202-501-4444 (from other countries) for assistance.
Kerry says the U.S. stands ready “to provide whatever support the French government may require.”
Kerry was speaking from Vienna, where he is scheduled to attend talks Saturday on the crisis in Syria.
Vice President Joe Biden calls the attacks “heartbreaking” and “outrageous” and says, “Such savagery can never threaten who we are.”
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