Mayor empathises with Twin Town in France

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Ballymoney Mayor has sent a letter to the Mayor of their twin town of Vanves, France, following the recent attack by gunmen in Paris at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo.

Speaking after the attack Mayor Bill Kennedy said: “Ballymoney is twinned with Vanves which is a town of about 25,000 inhabitants on the outskirts of Paris. I was greatly shocked and saddened at the devastation wrecked by gunmen when the newspaper Editor, a number of staff and Police Officers lost their lives and others were wounded as they were going about their daily business.

“The communities in Vanves and Ballymoney have established many links since the two Councils signed a twinning agreement some fourteen years ago. Citizens from both our communities have had the opportunity to reach out and learn about and experience the life and culture of the other and many friendships have been established. “We feel the pain and suffering inflicted on the people of Paris and adjoining communities by this callous deed which has been so justly castigated by people around the world. I wanted them to know that we are thinking of them and have penned a letter to Mayor Gauducheau. There are no doubt many trading and other links between Vanves and Paris and consequently many citizens of Vanves, who have friends, relations or business associates affected by the attack. I hope it is of some comfort for them to know that the thoughts of my Council and the citizens of Ballymoney are with the families of those killed and injured and with their Council and community at this sad time.”