I want to express my wholehearted solidarity with the United Kingdom following the terrorist attack last night in Manchester, where a very large number of children and teenagers were hit while attending a concert.
My thoughts go out to the victims of this appalling and cowardly attack and their families.
I stand by the city of Manchester, the authorities and the British people.
In the face of barbarity, European solidarity is essential. It is by working as closely as possible together that we shall be able to drive back terrorism.