"Obviously, all of our hearts, everybody here, goes out to the victims, the families. This was shocking and horrific, and it's just a horrible, sad day," Franken told reporter in Rochester on Saturday.
At least 127 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded in a series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. The so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the attacks. French President Francois Hollande called the attacks "an act of war" against the country.
Franken was asked about the Paris attacks during a visit to a Rochester farm. The Minnesota Democrat said, "We have to do everything we can to help the people of France, but we also have to refocus our efforts on containing and then defeating ISIS."
Asked what he would like to see done to accomplish this, Franken pointed to the work underway in Vienna. Diplomats from around the world are meeting there to map out a timeline for political transition in Syria. The hope is to be able to bring the country's civil war to an end.
"What's heartening about the talks that we've had in Vienna is that there are so many different parties there — including Saudi Arabia, including Iran, including Russia, including the United States," Franken said. "So the best thing we can do there is come up with some kind of political solution."