France will commemorate the second anniversary of the Paris attacks on Monday. (November 13) In all, 130 people were killed when groups of gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the perimeter of the Stade de France sports stadium, the Bataclan music hall and a string of six bars and cafes: La Belle Equipe, Le Petit Cambodge, Le Carillon, A la Bonne Biere, Casa Nostra, and Le Comptoir Voltaire. For the first time as president, Emmanuel Macron will lead commemorations at each of the sites targeted by the attackers. On Monday (October 30) Mr Macron signed a controversial security and anti-terrorism law, that will take over the state of emergency that had been in place since the November 2015 attacks. According to the interior ministry, extraordinary measures have helped intelligence agencies thwart more than 30 attacks in the last two years. Last week, the police arrested nine people and another was apprehended in Switzerland in a coordinated counter-terrorism operation. The measures mean … [Read more...] about France commemorates the second anniversary of the Paris attacks
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THE Paris terror attacks was a brutal series of co-ordinated strikes which shocked the world.ISIS terrorists carried out suicide bombings and several mass shootings across the city and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis on November 13, 2015.The first of the attacks happened at 9:20pm at the Stade de France, where France were playing Germany in an international football friendly match.Two other suicide bombers wearing identical suicide vests detonated them outside the stadium shortly afterwards.Meanwhile, further into the centre of Paris, gunmen stormed cafes and restaurants.The first shooting was reported at Le Carillon bar, in the city's 10th arrondissement (district).Then, witnesses said a man crossed the road - Rue Alibert - and carried out another shooting at Le Petit Cambodge restaurant.A few streets south, two gunmen then attacked diners in front of the Cafe Bonne Biere and La Casa Nostra pizzeria.After that attack, the perpetrators - who travelled from location to … [Read more...] about Bataclan massacre second anniversary – what happened in the Paris attacks, where is the theatre and how many people died?
THE Paris terror attacks was a brutal series of co-ordinated strikes which shocked the world.ISIS terrorists carried out suicide bombings and several mass shootings across the city and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis on November 13, 2015.The first of the attacks happened at 9:20pm at the Stade de France, where France were playing Germany in an international football friendly match.Two other suicide bombers wearing identical suicide vests detonated them outside the stadium shortly afterwards.Meanwhile, further into the centre of Paris, gunmen stormed cafes and restaurants.The first shooting was reported at Le Carillon bar, in the city's 10th arrondissement (district).Then, witnesses said a man crossed the road - Rue Alibert - and carried out another shooting at Le Petit Cambodge restaurant.A few streets south, two gunmen then attacked diners in front of the Cafe Bonne Biere and La Casa Nostra pizzeria.After that attack, the perpetrators - who travelled from location to … [Read more...] about Bataclan massacre – what happened in the Paris attacks, where is the theatre and how many people died?
"They were brave," says Jacques Tilly, a Carnival float builder from Düsseldorf, referring to the cartoonists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo who were killed in the Paris terrorist attacks. Above his desk, he's pinned a newspaper clipping with one of their drawings, along with photos of the victims. Next to that are designs for his Rose Monday float. "When I heard about the attacks, I sat down and thought about what this meant for Europe, and what it meant for satire and humor for us here with Carnival. This attack has hit very close to our work," he says. Tilly and his team have been thinking about how to best express this attack on freedom of expression in the Carnival parade - but the result will remain top secret until Rose Monday on February 16. Variations on 'Charlie' Cologne is quite an open, accepting city. Since time immemorial, the Cologne Carnival Festival Committee has called on citizens to suggest parade themes both of the moment and provocative. Some of these … [Read more...] about Satire after the Paris attacks: ‘We will not be silenced’
Shaff Beljid waited in a drenching rain for his turn to be inspected. Police patted down his jacket and examined his bag, before letting him go to join hundreds of faithful at the Paris Grand Mosque. "We're here to pray and to pay our respects to all of the victims of terrorism," Beljid said, as a long, sodden line snaked behind him. "I feel I've been personally targeted - not as a Muslim, but as a French citizen." Tens of thousands of Muslims responded to calls by Islamic leaders to turn out in force to mosques on Friday to pray for those killed and wounded in last week's string of terrorist attacks around Paris. The French capital's main mosque had earlier planned to hold a rally after Friday's prayers. But the event was hastily canceled, after authorities banned demonstrations due to security concerns, which have authorities evaluating the safety of cities across Europe. Still, that did not stop Muslims and non-Muslims alike from packing the midday service. Some said they knew … [Read more...] about In France, a call to prayer to mourn the victims of the Paris attacks
Suddenly, Christmas markets have become a symbol of freedom. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has urged Germans to continue going to public events, to soccer stadiums and to stroll through Christmas markets as security authorities are "alert and well-positioned." Market operators have also announced their own security measures, like a ban on backpacks. In Berlin, for example, police patrols have been boosted in response to the attacks. Times have changed: In recent years, authorities there announced with almost customary pride that they were deploying police officers to deal with pickpocket gangs during the Christmas season. Gauck: 'A new kind of war' Christmas markets boost tourism and they have become an industry worth billions but now, after last week's attacks in Paris and the fear of a potential attack at an international soccer friendly in Hannover on Tuesday, they have become a symbol of normality, freedom and a reminder of life before the age of fear. This also … [Read more...] about Germany’s political response to the Paris attacks
The call for people of all races, faiths and backgrounds to unite against the terror attacks on "culture and freedom" came in the form of a letter signed by artists and cultural figures on the French version of the Huffington Post. The letter called on people in Paris and around the world to turn on lights, light candles, play music and make noise in an effort to show "that culture will continue to shine out and to burnish the light of hope and fraternity." In response, Parisians were out in the street in full numbers taking their city back from the message of hate and fear. The call for unity is running under the hashtag #21h20 on social media, which was the top trend on Twitter in France and in the top ten globally. … [Read more...] about #21h20 marks a week since the Paris attacks with ‘sound and light’ on the streets
He was nice, sociable, communicative and open-minded. There was nothing about him that hinted at a future as a violent criminal. That's how a former schoolmate described Abdelhamid Abaaoud (pictured above), the ringleader of the Paris terrorist attacks. Back in the late 1990s, they were classmates at College Saint-Pierre in Brussels. "He was one of us. He was not ostracized; no one treated him in a racist manner," recalled the classmate in an interview with the Belgian newspaper "Sudinfo." "He liked horsing around, flirting with the girls and playing soccer." Abaaoud could have led a completely normal, perhaps even successful life. His parents would have liked that - they had sent him to a posh school, one where even wealthy Belgians enroll their children. The young man evidently felt comfortable there, as seen in a 1999 class photo. He spent 12 years there as a seemingly harmless and friendly person. 'Nasty piece of work' But then he changed: He started bullying his classmates and … [Read more...] about ‘Allah has chosen me’: profile of the Paris attackers
Brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El-Bakraoui The brothers are both Belgian nationals who were well-known to authorities because of their previous criminal records for robbery. Although they were not thought to have been on terror watchlists before the attacks, Belgian authorities said they were hunting at least one of the brothers for links to the Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who was arrested in Brussels last week. On Thursday, Abdeslam said through his lawyer that he didn't know of the plans to attack Brussels. Ibrahim El-Bakraoui Twenty-nine-year-old Ibrahim El-Bakraoui was one of two suicide bombers at Brussels airport, where 11 people were killed. He was one of three suspects caught on CCTV inside the main terminal just before the twins blasts. Turkey says Ibrahim was deported twice last year in July and August. In the first arrest, he was detained near the Syrian border and suspected of being a foreign militant fighter. He was sent to the Netherlands but was later freed … [Read more...] about Brussels suspects and their links to the Paris attacks
As is often the case after terrorist events like the multi-pronged attack in Paris on Friday, November 13, there have been a number of articles praising social media for its ability to get the news out - and get it out quick. And there is no doubt: When people, stuck in the midst of an attack, start tweeting or posting on Facebook, it's often the first that journalists hear of an incident. This is the technology we now wield. We no longer need to rely on the authorities to tell us whether loved ones are well - they can tell us directly, as some did using Facebook's Safety Check function. Others alerted the world to what was happening at the Bataclan and in other Parisian neighborhoods via Twitter. And we've seen outpouring of grief and support since. Social media connects us, creates a world community around us. It can be a powerful tool, but a dangerous one too. Many - no doubt far removed from the events in Paris - seemed unable to resist the urge to chime in, and their … [Read more...] about The Paris attacks: a reminder of social media’s power to misinform