A message from Yves Verilhac, LPO's (BirdLife in France) Director General:
Dear Friends and colleagues of BirdLife,
LPO has received many messages of kind support from you all following the tragic events of last Friday evening in Paris.
Firstly, I would like to let you know that, as far as we can determine, the ornithological community in Paris (Board members and staff) has not been affected, directly or indirectly.
In the past there have been such events in Beirut, London, and Madrid, and, unfortunately, there will probably be others.
In these terrible moments, we feel that we are first Europeans, before being French. We will not allow ourselves to become inward-looking, nationalistic or defensive.
BirdLife International makes solid links between nations and we are proud to be part of this Partnership of organisations. These links make us richer through these cultural differences.
Many thanks for your expressions of compassion and solidarity.
Directeur Général LPO France