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  • Vive La France - messages of love, peace and commitment to the French

    Jean Jullien, a French graphic designer who currently lives in London, tweeted these images out shortly after the attacks, with the simple message “Peace for Paris,” and it spread quickly. 

    In the wake of the horrifying terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015 that claimed at least 127 lives, many took to social media to express their condolences and concern for the people of the French capital with images like this peace sign with an Eiffel Tower in the center.

    "Once again we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it's an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share," said President Barack Obama.

    "We will stand together. We will never bow. We will never break. That’s the character of our two nations. We are bound by timeless democratic values that the cowardice and perverse ideologues of extremist networks can never match, wherever they are. Such savagery can never threaten who we are. We will respond. We will overcome. We will endure," stated Vice President Biden.

    The French spirit is strong, as shown by the French Resistence during WWII. Those brave souls fighting for their freedom, their democracy, played a huge part in winning that War with the intellegance they gathered, and putting their lives on the line.

    "Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share. And those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening," said Obama.

    "We’re going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people."

    Congresswomen Chellie Pingree said, "France is our oldest and one of our closest allies. Our hearts are with the French people and we will stand with them as a nation."

    When the Germans first occupied France in WWII Winston Churchill made a radio address, "Gather Strength for the Morning."  This is how it ends:

    "Good night, then. Sleep to gather strength for the morning, for the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true; kindly upon all who suffer for the cause; glorious upon the tombs of heroes—thus will shine the dawn.

    "Vive la France! Long live, also, the forward march of the common people in all the lands toward their just and true inheritance and toward the broader and fuller age."