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US President Obama and French President François Hollande placing flowers at the memorial at Place de la République in Paris, November 30.

Obama pays tribute to Paris victims at Bataclan

US President Barack Obama paid homage to the victims of the November 13 Paris attacks on Monday by visiting the concert hall hours before the opening of UN climate talks in the capital.

Barack Obama paid tribute to the 89 victims of Bataclan Concert Hall terrorist attacks shortly after arriving in the French capital ahead of COP21 international climate summit on Monday. US President was joined at the makeshift memorial by French President François Hollande.

Obama placed a flower at the makeshift memorial before standing silently, his head bowed and his hands clasped in front of him. He then walked away with his arms around Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, also present.

In a tense climate – no pun intended – in which activists protested violently agains police forces ahead of the climate conference on Monday, helicopters flew overhead and police shut off the roads around the bloodiest scene of the attacks, where 89 people were shot dead two weeks ago.

Police fired teargas at demonstrators, who pelted them with bottles and candles left at the set up memorial in the memory of all 129 victims of France’s deadliest attacks on its soil since WWII. More than 200 people were detained, souring the mood before the start of the talks.

Security concerns are running high in Paris as some 150 world leaders are announced to descend on the French capital for talks that are hoped to clinch the world’s first universal climate deal to limit global greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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