July 23, 2016 / 2:47 AM / a year ago

France's Hollande says Munich shooting is a 'terrorist attack'

PARIS (Reuters) - A deadly shooting in Munich was a “disgusting terrorist attack” aimed at stirring up fear in Germany after France was targeted last week, French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday.

French President Francois Hollande visits an exhibition during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the energy transition law, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman shot dead at least nine people on Friday by opening fire in a busy Munich shopping mall, but the city’s police have said it was too early to say whether it was a terrorist attack.

“The terrorist attack that struck Munich killing many people is a disgusting act that aims to foment fear in Germany after other European countries,” Hollande said in a statement.

“Germany will resist, it can count on France’s friendship and cooperation,” he said, adding that he would speak with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday morning.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Tom Hogue

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