Avrupa Times/London-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the "despicable terrorist attacks" that left dozens of people dead in Paris on Friday."[Ban] demands the immediate release of the numerous individuals reportedly being held hostage in the Bataclan theatre," according to a statement by his spokesperson.
In a press release, the UN Security Council sharply condemned the attacks, calling them "barbaric and cowardly".
The 15-member body "underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these terrorist acts to justice".
UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft also termed the attacks "an outrage to humanity".
"My heart goes out to the families of all those killed, injured and taken hostage and to France which once again is bearing the brunt of the fight against terrorism," Lykketoft said in a statement.
Paris deputy mayor said late Friday “as many as 118” victims were killed at the Bataclan arts center; two gunmen were also killed.
Scores of victims are thought to have been killed across the French capital, with shootings and explosions reported at different sites.