Miller, Peters call Paris terror attacks ‘horrific’

The Detroit News

Michigan lawmakers on both sides of the aisle reacted to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, said, “the barbaric terror attacks waged against the innocent in Paris are horrific.”

Miller is the vice chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee and chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the entire nation of France, our ally in the war against terrorism,” she said. “We stand with France.”

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and loved ones following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. We mourn alongside the entire country of France in the wake of this inhumane violence.

“As Americans, we must stand united with the people of France and provide our help and support to our oldest ally in this time of need.”

The State Department issued official guidance for Americans in France, ordering them to “shelter in place”

It also advised Americans in Paris to notify friends or family if they are safe, suggesting those who use social media to update their status.

The State Department also set up a hotline to call if concerned about a U.S. citizen in Paris. The number is (888) 407-4747 in the United States or (202) 501-4444 if overseas for assistance.

Secretary of State John Kerry called the attacks “heinous, evil, vile acts.”

“Those of us who can must do everything in our power to fight back against what can only be considered an assault on our common humanity,” he said in a statement.