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New Delhi: The horrific Paris terror attack of November 13 is a “wake-up call” for countries indifferent to this rising global threat to take stern action against perpetrators and this will be raised at the UN Security Council this week, said the French envoy to India.

“The horrific action has created a warning among many countries which were inclined to compromise (on terrorism), and this attack is a wake-up call,” French Ambassador Francois Richier told a news agency in an exclusive interview at the embassy here.

He expressed solidarity with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stance that the world should be united in fighting terrorism.

Simultaneous shootings and explosions at multiple locations in Paris killed at least 129 people and injured over 350.

Richier was especially concerned about how “the attackers are not targeting politicians or high profile people but commoners”.

“I believe no country in the world will tolerate this. Terrorism is an important issue. It needs to be addressed. We are currently raising this issue at the UN Security Council this week and will propose an amendment against terrorism,” he said, without divulging any further details.

France is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council with veto power. This high table of geopolitics is entrusted with the maintenance of international peace and security.

On terrorist outfit ISIS, which claimed responsibility of the attack, issuing warning of more such attacks, Richier said, “We’re not afraid.”

“I think the ISIS is betraying the very value of Islam. Those who attacked are trying to create fear in the minds of people and curb freedom. But we would like to spread the message that it won’t affect the freedom of people,” he said.

“It’s a war which has been declared on us, but we are fighting that war. We are not afraid.”

Following the Paris attack, the city is already back on its feet to host the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled to start on November 30. There is tight security.

“Around 50,000 people from all over the world are expected to come for the conference. It’s a major event, and there are many side events that happen. This time, we are thinking of keeping only the extremely necessary side events, for security purposes,” he said.

(Nivedita, IANS)

 

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Moment of Silence Begins Bataclan Concert for Paris Attack Victims, where 130 people got Killed and 500 wounded in Islamic State Terrorist Attack, a Year Ago

Rock star Sting headlined the Bataclan concert, which started with a minute of silence to remember the 90 people who were gunned down in the music hall on November 13, 2015

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British musician Sting performs on stage at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, in this photo provided by Universal Music France, Nov. 12, 2016. VOA

November 12, 2016: The Bataclan concert hall in Paris reopened Saturday night, nearly a year after 130 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded in the city in a coordinated attack by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Rock star Sting headlined the Bataclan concert, which started with a minute of silence to remember the 90 people who were gunned down in the music hall on November 13, 2015.

IS claimed responsibility for the November attacks on eight sites, including the concert hall, cafes and a soccer stadium. It was the worst extremist violence ever to hit France.

The November attacks came just 10 months after an attack on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the resulting three-day manhunt for the suspects. In all, 17 people were killed, as were three suspects. IS claimed responsibility for that attack as well.

British musician Sting performs on stage at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, Nov. 12, 2016. The show marked the reopening of the hall one year after suicidal jihadis turned it into a bloodbath and killed 90 revelers. VOA
British musician Sting performs on stage at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France, Nov. 12, 2016. The show marked the reopening of the hall one year after suicidal jihadis turned it into a bloodbath and killed 90 revelers. VOA

After the moment of silence, Sting, lead singer for the British band The Police before he began a long solo career, told the crowd in attendance: “Tonight we have two tasks to achieve: first, to remember those who lost their lives in the attack, and then to celebrate life and music in this historic place.”

Daniel Psenny, who was wounded during the attack on the Bataclan last year, told The Associated Press that he was not apprehensive about Saturday’s concert.

“It was a concert of reconciliation. We are starting a new life; we start to live again,” Psenny told the AP.

However, Elodie Suigo, who lost six friends in the Bataclan attack, said, “It was difficult going through that door. I don’t think I was the only one.

“Everyone was looking at each other thinking: ‘What do we do here? We are lucky to be here, so let’s get in.’ We think about those who are not there anymore and we think about this place, how it was a year ago,” Suigo told the AP.

Proceeds from Saturday’s concert were earmarked for two charities helping survivors of the attacks, the Reuters news agency reported. (VOA)