Cardin, Hoyer condemn attacks in Paris

Sen. Ben Cardin, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condemned the Paris terror attacks on Friday, and said that those responsible would be brought to justice.

"Too frequently of late, France has suffered at the hands of terrorists seeking to cause havoc and devastation in Paris and in other cities throughout the country," the Maryland lawmaker said in a statement. "This barbarism will never defeat the French people and the perpetrators of these heinous acts will be brought to justice."


The sentiment, which came in response to a series of attacks in France that killed at least 100 people, was echoed Friday by congressional leaders and lawmakers across the country.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said that the attacks "are a tragic reminder that terrorism knows no borders or boundaries."

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Minority Whip, said that no act of terror could shake the resolve of the French people.

"While we do not know yet the full extent of these tragic attacks and who was responsible, we must find strength in the assurance that justice will ultimately prevail, and those capable of carrying out such an act have already demonstrated why their cause will not," the Southern Maryland lawmaker said in a statement.

"The American people and their Congress stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and all of France tonight," he said.

Several presidential candidates also offered condolences to the people of France:

"Even in this darkest night, Paris remains the City of Light," Hillary Clinton said in a statement. "No terrorist attack will ever dim the spirit of the French people or our common commitment to the democratic values we share."

"We stand with President Obama in condemning this assault on our common humanity," former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement. "And we stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France -- liberté, égalité, and fraternité."