The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, released the following statement:
«I express my solidarity and closeness to France, which has been struck by an act of terrorism only a few days from the first round of its presidential election. The cowardice of last night's criminal action elicits the firmest condemnation from us all.
Italy stands by France, not only in combating every form of violent extremism but above all in fully and jointly upholding the irrefutable principles of liberty that, in democracy, are fully and tangibly implemented at election time. No form of terrorism, however fierce, will make European Nations shirk from their staunch resolution to acknowledge, protect and promote the founding values of our democratic societies.»
Rome, 21 April 2017