PARIS, July 23 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Saturday called Friday's shooting in Munich "terrorist attack" and "heinous act," which aimed at plunging Germany and European neighbours into panic.
In a statement issued by his office, Hollande stressed Berlin, Europe's main powerhouse, would face terrorism threats and that it could rely on France's support to help handle security risks.
The French president expressed sympathy and solidarity with German officials and people "in these difficult hours."
An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who likely acted alone, opened fire in a crowded shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening. He killed nine people and injured many others before shooting himself dead, according to German authorities.