Hebden Royd Town Council has written to French twin town St Pol Sur Ternoise to express their outrage at the incidents in France on January 7, and to offer their support “at this disturbing time.”
A letter on behalf of the council signed by the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Coun Jonthan Timbers, expresses its desire to stand in solidarity with citizens of its twin town and their countrymen.
The letter was sent after the January 7 events in which terrorists killed 12 people at and in the vicinity of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine.
The Mayor expressed the area’s commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France and offers its continuing friendship.
The letter says: “On behalf of Hebden Royd Town Council, I wish to express our heartfelt sympathy and solidarity with the French people over the murder of ten staff of Charlie Hebdo and two police officers by ‘religious’ extremists.
“The perpetrators of this atrocity have no regard for human life.
“It is utterly wrong that they claim inspiration from Islam, whose culture preserved classical learning and developed scientific inquiry when European civilisation had collapsed.
“They are not representative of the modern Islamic community, which has an important role to play in shaping the future of Europe, along with other religious and non-religious people.
Hebden Royd Town Council and the people of the area stand shoulder to shoulder with French citizens during this disturbing time.
“Please accept our very best wishes for the future and continuing friendship.”