France wary and watched as it marks 1 year since Paris at­tacks

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

Less in­sou­ciant, more po­liced — France is a changed place since Is­lamic State ex­trem­ists killed 130 peo­ple in the coun­try’s dead­li­est at­tacks a year ago. Fear­ing it’s be­com­ing more di­vided, too, sur­vivors and vic­tims’ fam­i­lies marked Sun­day’s an­niver­sary of the vi­o­lence by plead­ing for na­tional unity in­stead.

Tourism is hurt­ing, armed forces roam streets and France is still un­der a state of emer­gency that rights groups call abu­sive and in­ef­fec­tive and which the prime min­is­ter now says may be ex­tended yet again.

At midday, hun­dreds of bal­loons were re­leased to honor the mem­o­ries of the vic­tims; at dusk, pa­per lanterns were re­leased into the Canal Saint Martin, bear­ing red, white and blue lights rep­re­sent­ing the French tri­color. On­look­ers, in­clud­ing many fam­i­lies with chil­dren, lined the canal and sur­round­ing bridges, watch­ing silently as the lanterns drifted.

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