PM Lee Hsien Loong expresses condolences over Paris attacks in meeting with French finance minister

France's Minister of Finance and Public Accounts Michel Sapin paid a call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a working visit to Singapore on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The two leaders discussed the economic situation in France and Europe, the statement said. PM Lee also conveyed his condolences to Mr Sapin for the loss of lives during the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, MFA said.

Seventeen people died over three days in the bloodiest attacks in France in half a century, which began with the shooting of five cartoonists at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in central Paris and ended when commando units stormed two hostage sieges and killed all three extremist gunmen.

Mr Sapin was scheduled to meet Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam later Thursday evening, MFA added.