French flags were hung from the windows of public buildings and homes as survivors of the most deadly attacks the country has seen since World War II. Hundreds of survivors and relatives of the dead joined political leaders for a remembrance ceremony.
The IS attacks, which hit cafes, restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and the Stade de France, killed 130 and left more than 350 people wounded. Nearly 100 of those injured remain in hospital, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Evening Standard.
A remembrance ceremony was held at the military museum Les Invalides in the French capital with the names and ages of all victims read out.
President Francois Hollande in his speech vowed to destroy Islamic State and urged French nationals to continue to visit bars, restaurants and cultural and sporting events.
He said: “I solemnly promise you all that France will do everything to defeat the army of fanatics who have committed these crimes, that she will act tirelessly to protect her children.
“The terrorists want to divide us, to oppose us, to pit us against one another. They will fail. They have the cult of death, we have the love of life.”
Making reference to the attack during the Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan, President Hollande said: “It was this harmony that they wanted to break, shatter. It was this joy that they wanted to bury with the blast of their bombs. Well, they will not stop it.
“We will multiply the songs, the concerts, the shows. We will keep going to the stadiums, and especially our beloved national stadium in Saint-Denis.
“We will participate in sports gatherings great and small. And we will commune in the best of emotions, without being troubled by our differences, our origines, our colors, our convictions, our beliefs, our religions. Because we are a single and unified nation, with the same values.”
Most of the terrorists in the November 13 attacks killed themselves by detonating suicide vests of were killed by police in gunfire, but French and Belgian authorities are still hunting others believed to be involved.
Photo: Evening Standard.