Millions Across France Hold Minute of Silence for Paris Attack Victims – and the World Mourns with Them

President Francois Hollande led France in one minute of silence on Monday for the at least 129 victims of Friday's terror attacks in Paris

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A moment of silence took place in France and across Europe on Monday to honor those killed in Friday’s attacks on Paris.

President Francois Hollande led the nation in one minute of silence at Paris-Sorbonne University, the Associated Press reports. Others gathered at the sites where terrorist bombs and gunfire left at least 129 people dead and more than 300 injured.

Paris’s Metro was stopped for the moment of silence and many gathered across the city, including at the Eiffel Tower and the Place de la République as well as the attack sites, the New York Times reports.

Many gathered across Britain, in Brussels, and in front of the French embassies in Dublin, Ireland and Doha, Qatar, according to the Times. After the minute of silence, many sang the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.”

Schools and businesses across France participated in the memorial and many took to Twitter, using the hashtag #minutedesilence, to post photos and videos of the moment.

Football teams around the NFL held a moment of silence before Sunday’s games, at the request of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, USA Today reports.

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Many of the attackers have been identified and French authorities have concluded that 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud was the mastermind behind Friday’s violence, the Times reports.

The attackers struck several restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and the Stade de France. The deadliest attack occurred inside Bataclan, where at least 89 people were killed.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Following the violence, French authorities identified two of the now-deceased attackers, arrested three people in connection with the incidents and launched a manhunt to find one of three brothers accused of direct involvement in the attacks.

On Sunday, French warplanes launched a series of airstrikes against an ISIS command center in Raqqa, Syria. In a joint session of France’s Parliament on Monday, Hollande said, “France is at war,” according to the Times.

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