Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson met with French ambassador Philippe O’Quin on Thursday, and offered condolences on behalf of Iceland’s government and the population at large for the attack on the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday. This has been reported by Vísir and other local media.
The Prime ministry’s concise press release about the meeting quotes the Minister as saying: “The attack was a highly appalling and crude attack towards the freedom of expression and the media, which are fundamental values and human rights that must be safeguarded. Today, the French nation grives and Icelanders state their solidarity and compassion. I express my utmost compassion for the victims of the attack, as well as their friends and families.”
Dagur B. Eggertsson, mayor of Reykjavík, has sent condolences to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, as did President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to President François Hollande.