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Wreath laid and balloons released to remember victims of Paris attacks

2018-11-13 16:23
A balloon for each of the 130 victims of the Paris attacks was released into the sky on Tuesday (November 13) as the French capital marked the third anniversary of the co-ordinated Islamic State attacks on November 13, 2015. The attacks, which began with suicide blasts outside the Stade de France during a soccer match attended by then President Francois Hollande and continued with several mass shootings and a suicide bombing at cafes and restaurants in the city, were the deadliest in France since World War Two. As well as the 130 people killed, more than 400 were injured, many of them seriously. Seven attackers, most of whom had French or Belgian citizenship, were killed. Several of them had fought in Syria and all were Islamic State adherents. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, saying they were retaliation for France's participation in airstrikes against its targets in Syria and Iraq.