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Trudeau says Canada will offer ‘all possible assistance’ in Paris attacks

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says It's too early to make any judgments following Paris attacks

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed shock and sadness late Friday over the attacks in Paris killed at least 100 people around the city.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France and we mourn their loss,” Trudeau said in a statement.

“Canada stands with France at this dark time and offers all possible assistance. We will continue to work closely with the international community to help prevent these terrible, senseless acts.”

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WATCH: Prime minister Justin Trudeau offered prayers and thoughts to “our French cousins” following the deadly attacks in Paris.

Trudeau was bound for the G20 in Turkey, where terrorism and the plight of Syrian refugees had muscled their way onto the formal agenda.

Since it began in earnest during the 2008 Great Recession, the G20 has become charged with dealing with the world’s economy. But because Turkey is at the forefront of the Syrian crisis — it has absorbed more than two million refugees — the G20’s agenda was expanded for the first time beyond pure economic matters.

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This weekend’s summit marks the first time the G20 agenda has been expanded beyond the global economy, following a dynamic that also occurred with the G7 and G8 over the previous decades.

But the G20 was pre-empted Friday by the Paris attacks. Some Canadians were uncomfortably close to the violence.

READ MORE: Eyewitnesses give terrifying account of the Paris shootings

Mike Miltmore from Kamloops, B.C., was eating dinner at a restaurant in the French capital when shots rang out nearby.

“Police came in with machine guns and everything like that, and they were shooing everyone out into the streets,” he told CFJC Radio in Kamloops. “It’s actually a little scary when you don’t know what’s going on.”

The restaurant was evacuated and Miltmore was sent to his hotel room blocks away.

Amelia Aspen and her husband arrived home at their Paris apartment around the time the attacks began.

IN DEPTH: Paris attacks 

“We got a message from a friend saying, ‘Something is going on in your neighbourhood, stay inside your apartment,’ and we did,” said the artist, who moved from Edmonton, Alta., with her husband in October.

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Aspen said the couple has been watching what’s happening on the news and listening to a lot of sirens.

Canadian political leaders took to Twitter to respond to the attacks.

 

Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tweeted that her thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the people of Paris.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair expressed shock at the “horrific” attacks and says he and his wife Catherine are praying for the victims and their families.

The Canadian government issued a notice advising Canadians in the capital to be extremely vigilant.

Rona Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative Party and leader of the Official Opposition, called for “swift action to bring those responsible to justice.”

“No matter who is responsible for these heinous attacks, we will continue to stand firmly with our allies,” she said in a statement. “We will continue to protect the rights and freedoms that define us as Canadians from those who wish to take them away, and strive to ensure Canada remains the peaceful, open, and free nation we value so much.”

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IN PICTURES: Images from the Paris attacks after shootings, explosions

Police and medics gather after an attack near the Boulevard des Filles-du-Calvaire November 13, 2015 in Paris, France.
Police and medics gather after an attack near the Boulevard des Filles-du-Calvaire November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images
Over 100 people were killed and many injured in an 'unprecedented' series of bombings and shootings across the capital.
Police cordon off a street outside the cafe Bonne Biere following several attacks in the French capital Paris, on November 13, 2015. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Investigating police officers work outside the Stade de France stadium after an international friendly soccer match France against Germany, in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday.
Investigating police officers work outside the Stade de France stadium after an international friendly soccer match France against Germany, in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Soccer fans leave the Stade de France stadium after an international friendly soccer match in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. An explosion occurred outside the stadium.
Soccer fans leave the Stade de France stadium after an international friendly soccer match in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. An explosion occurred outside the stadium. AP Photo/Christophe Ena
A supporter conforts a friend after invading the pitch of the Stade de France stadium at the end of the international friendly soccer match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris.
A supporter conforts a friend after invading the pitch of the Stade de France stadium at the end of the international friendly soccer match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Supporters invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium at the end of the international friendly soccer match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
Supporters invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium at the end of the international friendly soccer match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 AP Photo/Christophe Ena
Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Saint Denis, outside Paris. At least 35 people were killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular theater where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said Friday. Two explosions were heard outside the Stade de France stadium.
Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Saint Denis, outside Paris. At least 35 people were killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular theater where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said Friday. Two explosions were heard outside the Stade de France stadium. AP Photo/Michel Euler
A French police officer takes cover while on the lookout for the shooters who attacked the restaurant 'Le Petit Cambodge' earlier tonight in Paris, France, 13 November 2015.
A French police officer takes cover while on the lookout for the shooters who attacked the restaurant 'Le Petit Cambodge' earlier tonight in Paris, France, 13 November 2015. EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT
Police officers at the scene of a hostage situation at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, France, 13 November 2015.
Police officers at the scene of a hostage situation at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, France, 13 November 2015. EPA/YOAN VALAT
Police officers and rescue workers stand near the site of a shooting near Place de la Republique square in Paris on November 13, 2015
Police officers and rescue workers stand near the site of a shooting near Place de la Republique square in Paris on November 13, 2015 DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
Heavily armed New York City police officers stand guard across the street from the French consulate on New York's Fifth Ave., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Police in New York say they've deployed extra units to crowded areas of the city "out of an abundance of caution" in the wake of the attacks in Paris, France.
Heavily armed New York City police officers stand guard across the street from the French consulate on New York's Fifth Ave., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Police in New York say they've deployed extra units to crowded areas of the city "out of an abundance of caution" in the wake of the attacks in Paris, France. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer