PARIS (AP) — The leaders of the European Union nations are calling for a minute of silence across the 28-nation bloc on Monday in memory of the victims of the Paris terror attacks.
In Saturday’s joint statement, the leaders say Europeans will always remember Friday, Nov. 13, “as a European day of mourning” and invited the EU’s 510 million people to mark their solidarity at noon Monday.
“This shameful act of terrorism will only achieve the opposite of its purpose, which was to divide, frighten, and sow hatred,” they said. “Good is stronger than evil. Everything that can be done at European level to make France safe will be done.”
They called Friday’s events “an attack against us all.” At least 127 people were killed and scores injured in the attacks Friday night. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.
Attacks in Paris: Live Updates From France
A Search for Suspects in Paris Attacks; Airstrikes in Syria
- A manhunt is underway for Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to have helped carry out the attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.
- Two more attackers have been identified, according to the Paris prosecutor, François Molins.
- One, a suicide bomber who tried to enter the Stade de France, came to Europe through Greece on a Syrian passport last month in the name of Ahmad al-Mohammad. It was not clear whether that passport was in fact the attacker’s.
- The other is Samy Amimour, 28, who lived in a Paris suburb. He was one of the bombers at the Bataclan concert hall and had previously been charged with terrorist conspiracy.
- France conducted airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.
A moment of silence for the victims of the attacks took place on Monday at noon Paris time, with many around the world joining in.
In Paris, traffic in the Metro was stopped, and crowds gathered across the city, including at the makeshift memorial at Place de la République and at the Eiffel Tower.
Hundreds went to the sites of the violence, including Le Carillon restaurant and the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed.
President François Hollande stood among students at Paris-Sorbonne University, in honor of the many young people among the 129 victims who lost their lives on Friday. Those gathered sang “La Marseillaise,” the national anthem, after the moment of silence, as did a crowd at the Louvre. Across France, schools and business also participated in the memorial.
French President Joins Moment of Silence
President François Hollande joined thousands of Parisians in a moment of silence across the French capital to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Friday.
Member states of the European Union were called upon to join. In Britain, the moment was observed in places including the customs line at Heathrow Airport in London, as well as at the King’s Cross and St. Pancras train stations.
In Brussels, where a hunt for one of the Paris attackers is underway, government officials stood in silence at the Federal Parliament building.
People went to Twitter to record the moment in video and photographs. The hashtag #minutedesilence was used.