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Sat Nov 14, 2015, 03:50 PM

'Today, a country is grieving. And I think it's fair to say that the world is grieving,

as one of the most beautiful cities on our earth was marred by terrorism, tragedy, and violence.

It's hard to know what to say at a moment like this—when citizens who only wanted to join together to listen to music on a Friday night, watch soccer, or enjoy dinner with friends, have had their lives forever changed by explosions and gunfire.

As a former Mayor, I know a small piece of what it is to have to think about the potential of these kinds of horrors—to stand up in the face of tragedy and lead. My heart is with Mayor Anne Hidalgo, with President Hollande, in what is a most impossible time.

For the days to come we'll hear speculation, and sweeping generalizations about our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world who largely condemn these acts. We'll hear words motivated only by fear and ignorance.

I hope we will turn deaf ears to hatred. Let us instead listen to voices throughout the globe that speak of love, unity and peace. Let us be our best selves in the face of terrorism.'

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