Prince Charles expresses 'deepest sympathy and solidarity' with the people of France

During a visit to Paris on Monday (Nov. 30), Prince Charles paid his respects to the victims of the horrific attacks that rocked the French capital on Nov. 13. The Prince of Wales expressed his "deepest sympathy and solidarity" with the French people while delivering an acceptance speech for the François Rabelais Prize at the French Institute.

"I can only begin by saying how heavy my heart is at the dreadful anguish suffered by those who lost their loved ones," said Charles. "My deepest sympathy and solidarity are with the French people."

Prince Charles voiced his sympathy to the victims of the Paris terror attacks. Photo: © Getty Images

The prince, 67, added, "Against a background of such inhuman violence and terror, it is almost impossible to talk sensibly about matters of everyday civilization. Yet that is what I propose to do because in the face of such awfulness it may help to be reminded of the simple and timeless human values that lie at the heart of our society."

Charles made the comments as he accepted the prize for his organic farming and global protection work. As well as being honoured with the prize, Charles also opened the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on Monday morning.

Speaking passionately, the prince urged delegates including David Cameron, Barack Obama and French President François Hollande to take immediate action to tackle climate change on behalf, "not only of those alive today, but also of generations yet unborn."

Charles opened the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris. Photo: © Getty Images

The Prince of Wales is not the only member of the Royal Family to voice his support to France in light of the recent terror attacks; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge signed a book of condolences at the French Embassy, with William later leading a minute's silence during a football match between England and France at Wembley Stadium.

Meanwhile British Prime Minister David Cameron joined President Hollande to pay his respects to the victims of the attacks during a recent visit to Paris, where they visited the Bataclan Concert Hall before holding meetings to discuss the fight against terror.

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