Cer­e­mony hon­ours vic­tims of 2015 at­tacks

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OPINION - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande and other dig­ni­taries held a spe­cial cer­e­mony Sun­day to hon­our all those killed in Is­lamic ex­trem­ist vi­o­lence around Paris in 2015 - a year when the Euro­pean way of life was tar­geted time and again with deadly con­se­quences.

At least one at­tacker is at large, and France’s top se­cu­rity of­fi­cial ac­knowl­edged Sun­day that au­thor­i­ties don’t know his where­abouts. The coun­try is un­der a state of emer­gency af­ter at­tacks in Paris on Nov. 13. Paris was again jolted Thurs­day when a man wear­ing a fake ex­plo­sives vest and wield­ing a butcher’s knife ran up to a po­lice sta­tion and was shot to death by of­fi­cers stand­ing guard.

Hol­lande and Paris Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo un­veiled a plaque Sun­day in mem­ory of vic­tims tar­geted at satir­i­cal news­pa­per Char­lie Hebdo, a kosher mar­ket, a rock con­cert, cafes, a sta­dium and else­where.

The vi­o­lence left some 150 vic­tims dead, and sev­eral at­tack­ers were also killed.

The cer­e­mony took place at Place de la Republique, a plaza that has be­come a sym­bol of Parisians’ sol­i­dar­ity since the at­tacks, which be­gan Jan. 7, 2015 with the Char­lie Hebdo at­tack.

French rocker and na­tional icon Johnny Hal­ly­day joined the army choir in a spe­cial, som­bre mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Bernard Cazeneuve called for na­tional unity and in­sisted the govern­ment is do­ing all it can to pro­tect France.

Many ques­tions re­main about the Nov. 13 at­tacks, in­clud­ing how many peo­ple were in­volved and may still be at large.

Cazeneuve said on i-Tele tele­vi­sion Sun­day that “We don’t know where Salah Ab­deslam is,” re­fer­ring to a fugi­tive gun­man. Ab­deslam crossed into Bel­gium Nov. 14 and Bel­gian au­thor­i­ties be­lieve he hid out in a Brus­sels area apart­ment used to make bombs for the Paris at­tacks be­fore mov­ing on.

Mean­while, act­ing on “con­crete ev­i­dence” from French se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties, Ger­man po­lice on Satur­day raided an apart­ment at a shel­ter for asy­lum-seek­ers in the western Ger­man city of Reck­ling­hausen that they say had been oc­cu­pied by the man who was killed by French po­lice in Thurs­day’s in­ci­dent out­side a Paris po­lice sta­tion.

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