The United States said it condemned Wednesday’s deadly shooting attack on a French satirical newspaper in the “strongest possible terms.”
“Everybody here at the White House are with the families of those who were killed or injured in this attack,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, speaking on MSNBC.
“Senior officials at the White House have been in close touch with their counterparts in France this morning,” he added.
“The United States stand ready to work closely with the French” to help them probe the attack.
Earlier gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing at least 12 people and chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).
In Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper also condemned the massacre.
“I’m horrified by the barbaric attacks in France. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Harper said.
In October, young radical Muslims staged two attacks in Canada that left two soldiers dead. Police killed the attackers.