United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks in Paris on Friday that killed at least 39 people and called for any hostages to be immediately released.
"The secretary-general condemns the despicable terrorist attacks carried out today in various locations in and around Paris," according to a statement from his spokesman.
"The secretary-general extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He stands with the government and people of France."
The UN Security Council also condemned what it called "the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks."