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Minute of silence throughout France in tribute to victims

A minute silence was observed throughout France
Thierry Mandon, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Francois Hollande and Manuel Valls during the minute of silence November 16, 2015 at the Sorbonne in Paris – STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN POOL

France has fixed Monday at 12:00 for one minute of silence in tribute to the victims of bombings and Paris Saint-Denis, the bloodiest in history, with at least 129 dead and 352 injured.

France has fixed Monday at 12:00 for one minute of silence in tribute to the victims of bombings and Paris Saint-Denis, the bloodiest in history, with at least 129 dead and 352 injured.

The flags at half mast since Tuesday, will be until Tuesday, under a three-day national mourning decreed Saturday by President Francois Hollande. This exceptional measure was already implemented after the attacks of January.

The head of state chose the Sorbonne for this moment of recollection “because among the victims included many young people and teachers.” He was accompanied by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the Minister of Education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Secretary of State for Higher Education, Thierry Mandon.

Ms. Vallaud-Belkacem also asked in a letter to teachers as the minute of silence in schools, all of which reopened Monday morning, be preceded “an exchange time” because “students are going to need to talk . ”

On transport, RATP has interrupted its traffic for a minute on all networks Parisian bus, tramway, metro and RER. For technical reasons, the SNCF, already bruised by the derailment of a test of a TGV train in Alsace which has killed 11 people Saturday, has not stopped its trains on the tracks and platforms, but ads were made on stations and trains, inviting staff and travelers to pause in Silence.

All Parisian lawyers, one of whose brothers died at the Bataclan, were also invited to watch “this beautiful moment of contemplation, wherever they are”, said the Paris Bar.

On Radio France, the moment of silence was followed by the distribution of the funeral march of Beethoven.

In all companies, employers were asked to allow their employees to participate in this tribute.

Elsewhere, “all Europeans” were invited to gather at the call of the leaders of member countries of the European Union.  On Sunday, several minutes of silence had been observed in memory of the victims, including in Madrid, in Antalya, Turkey which brought together leaders of the G20 and the United States, before the start of a debate for the Democratic primary for US Presidential.

In terms of the investigation, two new suicide bombers, one who blew himself up near Stade de France and the other present during the attack on the Bataclan, have been identified, announced Monday the prosecutor Republic of Paris.

In all, five of the seven dead suicide bombers have been identified. The brother of one of them, Abdeslam Salah, born in Brussels, is covered by an international arrest warrant and actively sought.

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