Turnbull in France: 'We are with the people of Paris'

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Paris, at the Bataclan theatre
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Paris, at the Bataclan theatre "offering the people of Paris & France our unflinching solidarity in the face of terrorism" with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has paid tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks on Paris that horrified the world.

Mr Turnbull and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited the Bataclan concert venue where 89 people were slaughtered by armed gunmen.

Of the 130 killed in Paris on November 13, at least 89 lost thier lives at the Bataclan theatre.

In a statement with Mr Key, the Australian Prime Minister said "we are here offering the people of France, the people of Paris, our most heartfelt condolences and our unflinching solidarity int he face of this terrorism.

"We are all together. We are with France. We are with the people of Paris. We are with all people committed to freedom in this battle against terrorism, against violence, against violent extremism."

Mr Key said despite the distance between France and Australia and New Zealand, "we have never been closer together".

"We come at this time to pay our respects to those that lost their lives to their families and to show support and solidarity for the people of France.

"The city of Paris has gone through a great deal with the terrible issues earlier in the year with Charlie Hebdo and now with the latest terrorist attacks, but in the end the spirit of the French people will rise up above the terrible actions of ISIL and the forces that they believe in and France will be strong again."

Mr Turnbull is in Paris following the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta.

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