President Obama Pays His Respects to Paris Victims at Bataclan Memorial
Joined by French President Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama laid a single rose
The President visited the makeshift memorial outside the Bataclan concert hall, the bloody center of the tragic attacks.
Joined by French President Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama laid a single rose on the overflowing pile of candles and bouquets.
The attacks, which ISIS claimed as their own, were carried out by three teams and struck six different sites, all focused on the northern portion of Paris and a suburb north of the city. The assault inside the Bataclan, which happened during a concert by American rock band Eagles of Death Metal, was by far the deadliest, with 90 killed.
Obama is in Paris for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, which will continue amid ongoing security concerns, according to CNN. The COP21 brings together 195 nations to assess all progress in dealing with climate change and set future goals.
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Obama previously expressed solidarity with the French people shortly after the Nov. 13 tragedy, saying “We [Americans] love France for your spirit and your culture, your joie de vivre.”
He continued, “Since the attacks, Americans have recalled their own visits to Paris – visiting the Eiffel Tower, or walking along the Seine. We know these places. They’re part of our memories, woven into the fabric of our lives and our culture.”