Friday, November 27, 2015


France is holding a national memorial service for the 130 people who died in the Paris attacks two weeks ago. Around 1,000 people are attending the service in central Paris, including President Francois Hollande, survivors of the attacks and victims' families. A minute's silence will be held and the names of all the victims read out.

Attackers with assault rifles and suicide belts targeted a number of sites in the capital. Islamic State later said it was behind the assault. In a series of co-ordinated attacks on 13 November, the gunmen opened fire on restaurants and bars in the city and stormed a concert hall, where 89 people were shot dead.

Three more attackers blew themselves up outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, after staff denied them entry to a football match between France and Germany. More than 350 people were injured in the attacks - the worst in recent French history.

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