France holds memorial service in honour of Paris attack victims


France is holding a national memorial service for the 130 people who died in the Paris attacks two weeks ago.

All over France, blue-white-red national flags flew from buildings on Friday as President Francois Hollande asked the people to hoist the tricolor in patriotic solidarity with the 130 people terrorists killed in Paris.

Around 1,000 people are attending the service in central Paris, including President Francois Hollande, survivors of the attacks and victims’ families.

Survivors appeared as guests of honor alongside grieving families of those killed and diplomats representing countries of victims hailing from outside France.

A minute’s silence will be held and the names of all the victims read out.

During Friday’s service at the Invalides complex, President Francois Hollande will address the
victims’ families.

However, not all the victims’ families have accepted the invitation to attend the service at the grand complex that houses a military museum and Napoleon’s tomb.

The family of one victim told French media they had refused, saying not enough had been done to protect the nation in the wake of other attacks earlier this year.

Since the November 13 attacks, France has been at war with the militant group, Hollande has held, and he has vowed to destroy it.

On Monday, French war planes flew airstrikes against ISIS from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

And Hollande’s appointment calendar filled up with meetings with world leaders — starting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday and ending with a visit to Moscow to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

His rallying cry has drawn encouraging echoes.

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