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French Prime Minister says ‘we are at war’ after attacks target Brussels

French officials are condemning the Brussels attacks in the strongest terms.
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(AP) — French officials are condemning the Brussels attacks in the strongest terms.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, speaking after a crisis meeting called by the French president, says “we are at war. We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.”

President Francois Hollande said “terrorists struck Brussels but it was Europe that was targeted — and all the world that is concerned.”

Hollande also warned that “this war will be long” so sang froid and lucidity are needed.

Paris says it will light the Eiffel Tower in the colors of the Belgian flag. The city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, described it in a tweet as a measure of “solidarity with Brussels.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has called for solidarity with Belgium following the Brussels attacks that left scores dead.

Peter Altmaier tweeted Tuesday: “Terrorists will never win.”

He added: “Our European values much stronger than hate, violence, terror!”