BRUSSELS -- Luxembourg, holder of the EU presidency, has called an emergency meeting of European interior ministers on Nov. 20 at France's request to discuss the European response to the attacks in Paris, it said in a statement.

"Confronted with barbarism and terrorism, Europe stands united with France," the statement said. The aim is to "strengthen the European response while ensuring the follow-up of the measures taken".

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve had asked for the meeting.

It is expected to take place in Brussels, although the timing and precise agenda have not yet been fixed, said an EU diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.