French President Emmanuel Macron presided Monday over commemoration ceremonies throughout the French capital to mark the two-year anniversary of the Paris attacks.
Macron, along with his wife Brigitte, former president François Hollande and various ministers, visited the six sites throughout Paris where attackers affiliated with the Islamic State armed group (IS) killed 130 and injured hundreds more on 13 November 2015.
Macron’s first stop was the Stade de France in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, the site of the first of a series of attacks that shook the capital two years ago. After observing a minute of silence, Macron placed a wreath on the plaque commemorating Manuel Dias, the one victim of the Stade de France explosions. Three suicide bombers blew themselves up there after failing to enter the France-Germany football match, where former president Hollande was in attendance.
Macron then visited the cafés and restaurants gunned down by the attackers. At each restaurant, the names of the victims killed there were read aloud, and a moment of silence was observed.
The remembrance ceremonies ended at the Bataclan concert hall, the site of the gunmen’s final and deadliest attack. Three men burst into the venue during a rock concert. They shot at the crowd indiscriminately before detonating their suicide vests, leaving 90 dead. Read more