Linlithgow sends condolences to France after Paris attacks

People across the world have paid respects to those caught up in the tragedy
People across the world have paid respects to those caught up in the tragedy

People are to pay respects to the victims of tragic events in Paris this weekend by signing a book of condolences at Linlithgow Library.

West Lothian Council has also sent condolences to the French Consulate and to Guyancourt, the town twinned with Linlithgow.

The French flag and council flags are flying at half-mast as a mark of respect.

Provost of West Lothian Council Tom Kerr, said: “West Lothian has direct links with France through our twinning arrangements with Cran-Gevier and Guyancourt.

“On behalf of the people of West Lothian we are sending our deepest condolences to the people who have been affected and their families.

“Nos pensées sont avec vous en cette triste période.”

The council joined people around the world with a minute’s silence in honour of the victims and their families.

Linlithgow MSP, Fiona Hyslop, visited the French Consulate in Edinburgh on Saturday morning with the First Minister where a book of condolence had been opened. In her message she wrote, “We stand with you in sorrow but also in solidarity.”

She said: “The attacks in France are horrific and shocking. On Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend some time with the French Consul General Emmanuel Cocher to express our solidarity and support at this difficult time.

“The expression of solidarity has been recognised by the French and the lighting of public buildings in the colours of the French flag and the various vigils have meant a lot to them.

“Terrorists acts are intended to frighten, intimidate and divide communities. Our diverse communities are a strength to us and it is very important we stand together at this time.”

John McGinty, leader of West Lothian Council, said: “We are all shocked and saddened by what has happened in Paris. It was a terrible and terrifying act and our thoughts are with the families of the people who have died, the people who were injured and with the French people.”