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"Seen the Paris news?" asked Lestrade. [SECO]

We here at I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere wish to express our sincere concern and regret over the terrorist acts committed last night in Paris. We stand united with the people and Holmesians of France as they deal with this national tragedy.

In particular, our thoughts go out to our friends at the Société Sherlock Holmes de France and Le Cercle Holmesien de Paris, who work and reside in the Paris area. They are among the most passionate and fun of Sherlockians worldwide, and we sincerely hope for their safety.

Sherlock Holmes spent some time in the south of France researching coal-tar derivatives during the Great Hiatus. He was also the recipient of the Legion of Honour from France, as well as an autographed letter from the President of France for his service regarding Huret, the Boulevard assassin, as documented in "The Golden Pince-Nez." And Holmes himself had French blood in his veins, as his grandmother was "the sister of Vernet, the French artist." [GREE]

These literary bonds, as well as the bonds of humanity cause us to take the time to reflect on our admiration for the French people and the anguish for their situation.

Sincèrement préoccupé,
I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere