Statement by Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on the Assassination of the French Ambassador to Lebanon

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.