French President Emmanuel Macron said the Friday morning attack on a Kurdish cultural centre in Paris was “heinous” and offered condolences in a Twitter message.
The president expressed gratitude to French law enforcement, who arrested a suspect within hours after the deadly shooting at the Ahmet Kaya Cultural Centre.
“Hate must never win,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said in condemnation of the attack.
The shooting which claimed at least three victims and left 10 others injured came to pass days before the 10th anniversary of the Paris Massacre, where on 9 January female Kurdish politicians Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez were assassinated in a Kurdish institution’s offices.
The 69-year-old man who was arrested in relation to the shooting reportedly had priors over violence against migrants. He served time briefly for attempted murder and was recently released from prison.