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    Hollande Reassures Germany of Continued Support After Munich Shooting

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    French President Francois Hollande has sent a message of support to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the deadly Munich shooting.

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The French leader said he plans to speak with Merkel on Saturday and stressed that Germany can count on France’s cooperation and friendship.

    "The terrorist attack that hit Munich, causing many casualties, is a new despicable act that aims to paralyze Germany with fear after other European countries," Hollande’s message says, as quoted by Le Monde on Saturday.

    On Friday, a shooter killed at least nine people and injured over a dozen others at a Munich mall. He then committed suicide.

    According to police, the shooter was an 18-year-old German with dual German-Iranian citizenship.

    The motive behind the shooting is unclear and an investigation is ongoing. Munich police will give an update on the investigation at noon local time on Saturday (10:00 GMT).

    The Munich shooting comes in the wake of the Nice July 14 attack, in which a truck rammed into a large crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city killing at least 84 people, including children, and injuring hundreds of others.

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