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World leaders including David Cameron and Barack Obama have expressed their shock and outrage at the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Prime Minister Cameron vowed the UK will do “whatever we can to help” following the attacks which killed at least 140 people in Friday night’s attacks.

President Mr Obama said the violence in the French capital was “was an attack on all of humanity”.

German chancellor Angela Merkel is “deeply shocked” by the attacks, and has conveyed her sympathy and solidarity, the foreign ministry in Berlin said.

Cameron said: “I am shocked by events in Paris tonight.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.”

president Obama told a press conference: “Those who think they can terrorise the people of France and the values they stand for are wrong.”

The UK’s Ambassador to France, Peter Ricketts, said: “We are fully mobilised in the Embassy dealing with appalling events in Paris.

“Solidarity with France.”

US President Barack Obama looks down as he speaks to the press in Washington, DC on November 13, 2015, after being informed about a series of deadly attacks that rocked Paris ©Jim Watson (AFP)

US President Barack Obama looks down as he speaks to the press in Washington, DC on November 13, 2015, after being informed about a series of deadly attacks that rocked Paris ©Jim Watson (AFP)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn added his condemnation of the “heinous and immoral” attacks.

“My thoughts are with the people of Paris tonight,” the Labour leader said.

“We stand in solidarity with the French.

“Such acts are heinous and immoral.”

London mayor Boris Johnson said: “Saddened to hear the terrible news from Paris – my thoughts and those of Londoners are with Parisians tonight.”

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Cities Paris tributes The Empire State Building (left) and Freedom Tower (right) were lit up in red, white and blue on Friday night

Cities Paris tributes The Empire State Building (left) and Freedom Tower (right) were lit up in red, white and blue on Friday night

Archbishop of Canterbury Most Rev Justin Welby said: “Tragic Paris, desperate news of deep tragedy, with heartbreak for so many. We weep with those affected, pray for deliverance and justice.”

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said: “The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He stands with the government and people of France.”

Intelligence experts gave their views on the motives behind the massacre.

John Cohen, a former US Homeland Security Department counter-terrorism co-ordinator, said the presence of multiple attack scenes at the same time suggested a co-ordinated effort to “send a message” and raises immediate terror concerns, including for other cities in Europe and potentially the United States as well.

He said both al Qaida and Islamic State have relied on the strategy of co-ordinated attacks in the past.

Cities Paris tributes The landmark CN Tower is lit blue, white and red in the colors of the French flag following Paris attacks, in Toronto

Cities Paris tributes The landmark CN Tower is lit blue, white and red in the colors of the French flag following Paris attacks, in Toronto

Former CIA director R James Woolsey said France was being punished for supporting the fight against extremism.

He told BBC News: “The fact that France has been a good ally of the US and Britain in this struggle with ISIS to try to hold things down has worked to France’s detriment because it’s a lot easier to get to France from Syria and so forth than it is to get to the United States or even Britain.

“I think there is a very good chance that a flow of refugees, war refugees, whatever you want to characterise them as, out of the Middle East and especially out of Syria has created the background which makes something like what we’re seeing here possible.”

Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is lit red, white and blue after the Paris attacks Cities Paris tributes

Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is lit red, white and blue after the Paris attacks Cities Paris tributes

He added: “What’s interesting to me is the multi-point operation here, hostage taking in one place, gun fights in others, executions.

“This is put together not just by a group of crazy, emotional terrorists but by something looking a bit like part of a government that plans things carefully.

“I would think it would probably be ISIS. It wants to be a government.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement; ‘I am shocked and saddened that so many people have been killed and injured today in a number of terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and that many others are being held hostage.

‘As the situation continues to unfold, Sophie and I join all Canadians in extending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed. It is our sincere hope that the hostages are freed unharmed as soon as possible. We also wish a speedy recovery to all those who have been injured.

‘Canada stands with France at this dark time and offers all possible assistance. We will continue to work closely with the international community to help prevent these terrible, senseless acts.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France and we mourn their loss.’

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York released a statement, saying; ‘On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by the attacks in Paris earlier today.

‘These were tragic and senseless acts of violence that have claimed innocent lives and torn families apart – and my heart goes out to the loved ones of all who have been lost.

‘As more details emerge, I want the people of Paris to know that just as the world has stood by New York in times of tragedy, today New York stands with you.’

He then added; ‘Tonight I have directed New York State law enforcement to remain vigilant in the wake of these senseless attacks.

‘The New York State Police, the New York State Intelligence Center and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are actively monitoring the situation for any implications in New York State and remain in constant communication with their local and federal partners.’