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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about attacks in Paris from the briefing room of the White House, on Nov. 13 in Washington. Obama is calling the attacks on Paris an "outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians" and vows to do whatever it takes to help bring the perpetrators to justice.

President Barack Obama offered assistance to France after terrorist attacks in Paris killed dozens of people Friday night even as officials said there's no specific threat to the U.S.

"We've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians," Obama told reporters in Washington. "This is an attack not just on Paris, an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share."

More than 100 people were killed during multiple acts of violence in Paris, a French government official said. Hostages were also taken at a theatre.

Obama was first informed about the attacks by his counterterrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, a White House official said Friday. The president still plans to travel to Turkey on Saturday for the G20 summit.

Obama had spoken earlier Friday, before the attacks, to French President Francois Hollande, who was evacuated from the stadium after the explosions. The two discussed climate talks in Paris scheduled for early December, which Obama plans to attend.

Obama said the U.S. would do whatever it takes to "bring these terrorists to justice and to go after any terrorist networks who go after our people." He said the U.S. did not yet know the details of what had happened, and it appeared there was still "live activity."

Obama said he hadn't yet called Hollande because the situation was still unfolding. U.S. officials have been in touch with their counterparts in Paris, he said.

Hollande declared a state of emergency and said he was closing France's borders. He also requested military reinforcement.

There's no specific or credible threat to the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. No new counterterrorism measures are planned for now at U.S. airports or federal buildings, according to a U.S. official, who discussed security measures on condition of anonymity.

U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are working in concert to determine if the attacks in France are part of an international terrorist campaign, said Representative Peter King, a New York Republican and member of the House intelligence committee, in an interview.

The U.S. embassy in Paris was "making every effort to account for the welfare of American citizens in the city" and pledged that the U.S. would provide whatever support France might require, said Secretary of State John Kerry, in a statement from Vienna where he is taking part in talks on Syria's civil war.

The New York City Police Department said it deployed officers to French government locations in New York City. The department's intelligence bureau detectives in France are helping police there as needed, the NYPD said in a statement.

In Washington, U.S. Capitol Police are monitoring events in Paris and there may be additional patrols, police spokeswoman Kim Schneider said in an e-mailed statement.

The French ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, said in a Twitter message that he's "sad, devastated and anguished for my country."

The attacks came hours after the White House acknowledged the U.S. had launched a strike targeting Mohammed Emwazi, an Islamic State extremist known as "Jihadi John." The IS leader became infamous internationally from his appearance in videos showing the beheadings of Americans held by the terrorist group.

The White House earlier Friday said the strike, in which Emwazi is presumed to have been killed, was evidence the U.S. had made "important progress" in the fight against the Islamic State.

The president is scheduled to travel to Turkey on Saturday for the G20 economic summit, where leaders say they will discuss efforts to combat the Islamic State.

Obama plans to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday to discuss efforts to combat the Islamic State, according to deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. Later that evening, G20 leaders are scheduled to discuss the international campaign against the terror network.

World reaction

France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. We want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism. Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share. And those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening. We're going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people. This is a heartbreaking situation and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it's like. – U.S. President Barack Obama

As the situation continues to unfold, Sophie and I join all Canadians in extending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed. It is our sincere hope that the hostages are freed unharmed as soon as possible. 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. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation. – Eagles of Death Metal, the band that was playing at the Bataclan, in a Facebook post

We weep with those affected, pray for deliverance and justice. – Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

The people of New York City are heartbroken to see our sister city of Paris shaken again by these thoughtless acts of violence, and we stand in solidarity with the residents of Paris and with Mayor Hidalgo during this tragic time. – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

All this confirms that we are facing an unprecedented challenge, a challenge of enormous cruelty. – Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

Europe, touched to the heart, will react to the barbarism. – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

I am appalled by the terrorist barbarity, I express my rejection of violence and express my solidarity with the people and the French government. – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

I can't imagine what a simultaneous attack on 7 public spaces does to the psyche/soul of a city. – Toronto chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat

Sending one's heartfelt thoughts to the people of Paris. – Prince Charles

The people of Toronto stand with Paris and offer our solidarity and support at this heartbreaking time. – Toronto Mayor John Tory