The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent the following message to the President of the French Republic, François Hollande:
«On the first anniversary of the horrible terrorist attack that struck the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo and other locations of the French capital, I would like you to renew my own and the Italian people's most heart-felt solidarity and sympathy to the families of the victims and to all the citizens of France.
We still have deeply etched in our minds the undeletable memory of the vile attack that not only struck Paris but all of Europe, as well as the values of liberty, peace and coexistence that characterise our way of life, in defence of which Italy and France, united, are and will continue fighting with courage and determination everywhere in the world.
On this sad anniversary and less than two months after the attack that once again targeted Paris with unprecedented savagery and cynical contempt for human life, allow me to reiterate Italy's full commitment to combat and defeat the scourge of terrorism while, at the same time, protecting the supremacy of fundamental human rights and promoting an international order based on the rule of law, justice, civil and social development, interreligious dialogue and respect for cultural diversity.
It is in this spirit that, in concert with all Italians, I ideally embrace the families of the victims and our friends, the people of France».
Roma, 6th January 2016