September 4, 1981

The President was shocked and saddened by the news this morning that the French Ambassador to Lebanon was killed as a result of an attack in Beirut. The President feels strongly that the violence and terror in many areas of the world constitutes a grave danger to the fabric of society. He would like to extend his deepest sympathies to the family, colleagues, and friends of Ambassador Delamar.

In addition, the President is sending a personal message to President Mitterrand [of France].

Note: Deputy Press Secretary Larry M. Speakes read the President's reaction to reporters during his daily press briefing, which began at 12:11 p.m., in Room 450 of the Old Executive Office Building.