The United States stands with France against the “hatred and suffering” on display by terror attacks in Paris, President Barack Obama said Friday ahead of a speech in Tennessee.
Obama said he has been in close contact with the French government and authorities believe “the immediate threat is now resolved.”
"It's important for us to understand -- France is our oldest ally. I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow," Obama said.
Hours earlier French security forces stormed a printing factory northeast of Paris, killing the brothers suspected of attacking a satirical magazine in Paris on Wednesday. They also raided a kosher market in Paris where a gunman had taken hostages, according to French authorities.
Police are hopeful the standoffs marked the end of a terrifying few days in France, which included one of the worst terror attacks in the country’s history.
"In the streets of Paris, the world has seen once again what terrorists stand for," Obama said. "They have nothing to offer but hatred and suffering. And we stand for freedom and hope and the dignity of all human beings. And that's what the city of Paris represents to the world."
The president was briefed on the situation while traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he will unveil a new initiative that would make two years of community college free for millions of Americans.
-- Andrew Rafferty