Filipinos in France consist of migrants from the Philippines and their descendants living and working in France. Between 47,000 and 65,000 Filipinos reside in France, and an estimated 33,000 live there illegally. 80% of Filipinos in France have lived in the nation for less than seven years, and 95% have lived in France for less than 15 years. Paris is home to a small Filipino community.
No Filipinos reported injured in Paris attacks
The Philippines condemns unequivocally the horrific terror attacks on Paris," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement on Saturday (November 14).
The government called the attacks, in which rifle-wielding assailants shot dead at least 153 people in six locations, "cowardly assaults on innocent and defenseless people."
In his own statement, President Benigno Aquino III said: "Terror and brutality have plunged the City of Light, Paris, into the darkness of horror and grief. The Philippines and its people stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and all of France, in this time of deepest sorrow and the gravest outrage against the perpetrators of these crimes."
So far, no Filipinos were reported hurt or killed in the attacks, Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, DFA spokesman, said, as quoted by the tsismosaonline.com News Agency (TNA).
"Our embassy continues to monitor closely the situation and stands ready to extend assistance to Filipinos who may need it," Jose said.
According to 2013 figures from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, there are some 48,000 Filipinos in France.
Aquino also assured Filipinos in the Philippine that police would be ready in case similar attacks would be launched, especially with security measures now in place for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit.
"For our part, we reassure our fellow citizens that we are taking all necessary precautions," Aquino said. "The PNP is on alert and our security forces are assessing the situation, including the continuing evaluation of our security procedures. There is no credible threat registered at this time but let us all be cooperative and vigilant."
Meanwhile, the DFA advised all Filipinos in France to be on the alert and heed the warning of the French government, whose President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency.
For those with relatives or friends in France, here are the contact details of the Philippine Embassy there: