France Mourns Victims of Paris Attacks


France held a memorial service Friday to mark two weeks since the deadly terrorist attacks in the capital, Paris.

The names of the 130 victims of the attack were read at the ceremony held in the courtyard of Paris’ central Invalides complex. Among those in attendance were French President Francois Hollande, families of victims, and hundreds of those injured in the attacks.

French citizens were also encouraged to display national flags Friday to honor the victims of what was France’s worst-ever terror attack. The coordinated gun and bomb attacks were claimed by the Islamic State extremist group, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria.

Hollande this week completed a whirlwind diplomatic mission to build an international fighting force against the militant group.

On Thursday in Moscow, Hollande announced that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to exchange intelligence on the Islamic State militants and other extremist groups in Syria to maximize the effectiveness of their bombing campaigns.

Russia has also been the victim of Islamic State violence. The group claimed responsibility for the October downing of a Russian plane over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, which killed all 224 people on board. -VOA


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