PARIS — The French defense minister, Sylvie Goulard, on Tuesday spoke with her British counterpart, Michael Fallon, regarding the deadly bomb attack on the evening of May 22 at Manchester, England, the French Ministry of Defence said.
The Goulard passed on her "full and total solidarity with the victims, their family and their loved ones," the MoD said in a May 23 statement.
That phone call was an important sign of solidarity, with France ready to work in defense, security and intelligence sharing with the British, showing the two nations "stand side by side," a ministry spokesman told Defense News.
French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement that his thoughts were with the victims and their families, and he pledged support for the "government and the British Armed Forces in the fight against terrorism."
In Britain, police said 22 people were killed and 59 wounded after a man last night conducted a suicide attack with a homemade bomb at a pop concert at the Manchester Arena hall, with children and young adults among those slain. British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the incident was a terrorist attack.