Paris Attacks: Book of Condolence opened in Limavady

A young girl leaves a lit candle outside Le Carillon bar, Paris, one of the venues targeted in the attacks.
A young girl leaves a lit candle outside Le Carillon bar, Paris, one of the venues targeted in the attacks.

A book of condolence for the victims of the terrorist massacre in Paris has been opened in Limavady by the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

There were seven coordinated terror attacks in Paris carried out by militants on Friday night, killing at least 129 people.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Limavady reception staff members Margaret Young (left) and Wendy Olphert are pictured with former Limavady Councillor Jack Rankin, signing a book of condolence for victims of the Paris massacre. Photo: Andy Chapman

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Limavady reception staff members Margaret Young (left) and Wendy Olphert are pictured with former Limavady Councillor Jack Rankin, signing a book of condolence for victims of the Paris massacre. Photo: Andy Chapman

French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency, and said the attacks were an “act of war” organised by Islamic State militants.

The first attacks were launched virtually simultaneously, with two explosions close to the Stade de France at just after 9.20pm local time, four miles apart.

The explosions came as a large crowd were enjoying the first half of the international friendly between France and Germany.

The attacks then moved to central Paris, where a separate team of gunmen arrived in a black Seat at the Right Bank area of the city.

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan stated: “The events that unfolded in Paris on Friday evening have left us all shocked and troubled. In order to give the people of the Borough an opportunity to express their heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the Paris massacre, books of condolence will be opened in the Borough offices at Coleraine Town Hall, in Ballymoney Town Hall, in the Council Offices in Limavady, and at Sheskburn House”.

The Mayor is also sending messages of support to the civic leadership of Councils twinned areas in France of Vanves, Vigneux-sur-Seine (suburbs of Paris), La Roche-sur-Yon, and Pourieres.

The book of condolence is located in the Council Offices in Limavady on Connell Street.