Moment of Silence Observed to Honor Victims of Paris Attacks
As the French government carried out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria — and mounted a manhunt for the individual suspected of planning the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris Nov. 13 — members of the global community observed a moment of silence in honor of the dead.
The New York Times offers coverage of the memorial, which took place at noon Paris time today and brought traffic throughout the city to a standstill. French President François Hollande was on hand at Paris-Sorbonne University, where gatherers broke out in an a performance of the national anthem after the moment of silence passed; as shown in a series of photos and tweets, the mourners were joined by people in a number of locations, including French embassies around the world.
As previously reported, many of the more than 120 victims who perished in the attacks were killed at the Bataclan theater, where Eagles of Death Metal were performing. The owners of the venue have posted their first commentary on the tragedy through social media, taking to Twitter to express their support for the families of the victims — and their gratitude for the support others have shown.
"No words can express the level of sadness we feel," reads the statement in part. "Our thoughts go to the victims, to those injured and to their loved ones. Many of you want to come to the Bataclan, but unfortunately the authorities still need to work on site. We will keep you informed as soon as it’s possible for you to come and mourn in front of the concert hall. Thank you for your support, which deeply affects us."
France remains in a state of emergency that will stay in effect for at least three months, and a number of artists have already announced cancellations or postponements of shows previously scheduled for Paris.