France Honors Attack Victims 11/27 06:35
(AP) -- Intoning the names of 130 dead, a subdued France paid homage Friday
to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and
Windows were draped with French flags in an uncharacteristic display of
patriotism, but the locked-down courtyard ceremony at the Invalides national
monument lacked the defiance of January, when a million people poured through
the streets to honor those killed by Islamic extremist gunmen.
France's military provided the only images of Friday's ceremony, and no one
without an invitation was permitted inside.
The night of Nov. 13, three teams of suicide bombers and gunmen struck
across Paris, beginning at the national stadium _ where President Francois
Hollande was among the spectators _ and ending in the storming of the Bataclan
concert venue. In all, 130 people died and hundreds were injured. The crowd at
the stadium, as they filed outside that night, shakily sang France's national
anthem _ and the Marseillaise was again played on Friday.
Hollande entered the Invalides alone, and sat alone in a simple chair in
front of the assembled crowd.
Those killed were overwhelmingly in their 20s and 30s, young adults out on a
mild Friday night of music, food, drinks or sports. The youngest was 17. The
oldest, 68. The courtyard went silent after the reading of the names finished,
broken finally by a mournful cello. Hollande stared straight ahead.