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Statement of the President of the European Patent Office on the terrorist attacks in Paris

The European Patent Office - its employees, managers and all staff - are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrible terrorist attacks which shook Paris on Friday, 13 November 2015.

As an international organisation the European Patent Office believes in an open and inclusive society based on fundamental principles of freedom, equality and justice.

Terrorism and blind hatred will never destroy our convictions nor our values of cultural diversity, tolerance and mutual respect.

We express our deepest solidarity with the people of France and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the victims, their relatives and friends.

Benoît Battistelli

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