Greece joined other governments on Wednesday in condemning the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 people dead.
“We express our outrage at and unequivocal condemnation of the monstrous and barbaric deadly terrorist attack,” said Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos in a statement.
“Our deepest condolences to the victims’ loved ones, to the French people and to the French authorities. We assure the French government that Greece remains at its side as a firm ally of those who fight for freedom and against terrorism.”
In Athens, though, New Democracy’s parliamentary spokesman Adonis Georgiadis drew criticism after linking the event to SYRIZA’s immigration policies.
“The hit in Paris may prove to be the end of innocence about Islam as far as Europe is concerned,” the conservative MP wrote on Twitter.
“Here, SYRIZA is talking about opening the borders.”