UN chief condemns 'despicable terrorist attacks' in Paris

People are evacuated following an attack at the Bataclan concert venue in Paris, on November 13, 2015 (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard)

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - 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."