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16/01/15 15:48

First Minister statement on the Paris attacks

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

"I offer my heartfelt condolences to Jewish communities, in Scotland and France, following the horrific attack on the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris on 9 January.

"Crimes of this sort are an attack on the values that we all share and the freedoms we cherish in our Scottish society. There is no place in Scotland for any form of anti-Semitism or religious hatred that makes our communities feel insecure or threatened in their daily lives. The Scottish Government is committed to tackling all incidents of hate crime, working in cooperation with Police Scotland to ensure the security of our society.

"Scotland's diversity is a strength and it is my sincere hope that all communities in Scotland will continue to be part of our work to ensure a future built on mutual trust, respect and understanding. I look forward to Scotland's Jewish community continuing to enrich our nation as we work together throughout 2015 and beyond."