French ambassador to Thailand: 'We must stand up to those who want us to kneel'

French ambassador to Thailand Gilles Garachon, speaking at a mourning ceremony last night, urged his compatriots to stand up against terrorism.

"The intention of all terrorist attacks is to silence us and make us abandon our values of liberty, equality and fraternity. The only answer we can give to those who want to silence us is to speak louder and louder. The only answer we can give to those who want us to kneel us down is to stand up. This is what we do this evening and will keep doing," he said.

Earlier yesterday, Garachon called for national unity and solidarity in France in response to Friday night's terror attacks in Paris.

"Faced with this terrible attack, our only response is unity, national solidarity and determination not to give in to terrorism," the ambassador said in his statement published on the French embassy's website. "In this painful moment, our thoughts are with the victims and their families."

The envoy said that although there was no specific threat against French interests in Thailand, precautions should be taken to exercise greater vigilance in regard to the terror attacks.

Garachon invited people to join the ceremony last night, when a minute's silence was observed at Alliance Francaise offices in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, plus French consular offices in Koh Samui and Phuket.