13, November 2016
France has marked the first anniversary of the terrorist attack that left at least 130 people dead and hundreds more injured in the country’s capital of Paris last year.
Ceremonies on Sunday gathered scores of people, including the families of the deceased and injured victims, at seven sites in the capital that had been targeted by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist elements on November 13, 2015.
The French national stadium, five bars and restaurants in eastern Paris, and a concert hall came under attack that day. French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo attended memorial ceremonies, unveiling plaques that commemorate those killed in the multiple terror attacks.
Speaking on the occasion of the first anniversary of the attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls also announced the likelihood of extending a state of emergency imposed in the country after the raids. He said the measure was needed to “protect our democracy.”
Valls had also warned in a speech this weekend that “terrorism will strike us again,” contending, however, that, “We have all the resources to resist and all the strength to win.” Besides the November 2015 attacks, France has been targeted in other terrorist raids as well.
Terror attacks in France: A timeline
March 22, 2012: Mohammed Merah, an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman, takes the lives of seven people in the city of Toulouse in a 12-day killing spree.
January 7, 2015: Two Takfiri militants attack Charlie Hebdo magazine offices, killing 12 people, including top editorial staff.
November 13, 2015: Daesh launches a series of violent attacks targeting cafes and a concert hall in Paris and massacring a total of 130 people. On the same day, three terrorists blow themselves up and kill a bystander in a stadium in Saint-Denis.
July 14, 2016: A truck driver deliberately plows through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, killing 84 people and wounding 200 others. An 85th victim of the attack dies later in hospital. Daesh later claims responsibility.
July 26, 2016: Two knife-wielding men professing allegiance to Daesh take a number of people hostage at a church in Normandy. The attackers kill an 85-year-old Roman Catholic priest before police shoots them dead.