France remembers victims of terror attacks in Paris ceremony

2016-09-19 20:19
A man places flowers at the monument after a ceremony for victims of terrorism in Paris (AP).

A man places flowers at the monument after a ceremony for victims of terrorism in Paris (AP).

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Paris — A ceremony in memory of all victims of terror attacks has been held in Paris as France is still under a state of emergency.

The names of the victims of attacks carried out by Islamic extremists last year in Paris and in July in Nice have been read on Monday during the ceremony, which also remembered those killed in attacks in Brussels, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali.

The ceremony, organised by associations of victims, gathered hundreds of families and people injured in the attacks, in the presence of President Francois Hollande.

"Our country had never been attacked to this extent, with such destructive rage, with such barbarian cruelty. That's why it was so important for names, all names to be evoked," Hollande said.

He insisted on the need for support, protection and help for survivors and their families. Medical and psychological care must be provided for free, he said.

Hollande promised to reform the system of state indemnities for survivors, but didn't give any details.

"You've been through a tragedy, yet you want to live, you're fighting for it, and you will stand up again. Your energy is an example," Hollande told survivors attending the ceremony, praising their force and courage.

Last year's attacks in Paris, carried out on November 13 on the Bataclan concert hall, cafes and the national stadium by assailants with links to the Islamic State group, killed 130 people.

The Nice attack, carried out on July 14 by an Islamic extremist who drove a truck into crowds gathered for Bastille Day celebrations, left 86 dead.

Yasmine Marzouk, a Muslim woman who survived the Nice attack, said "these barbarians have no law, no faith, no religion. These criminals attacked that day a republican symbol, especially children who represent France's future, and families — symbols of tolerance, cohesion and love."

Marzouk, who lost three members of her family in the tragedy, called on the president and his successors to make terror cease so that "the flames of hatred stop fanning between the different religious communities. Lets' be one single community with our shared values and our differences," she said.

Read more on:    isis  |  francois hollande  |  france

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.