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The Local · 16 Nov 2015, 12:31

Published: 16 Nov 2015 12:31 GMT+01:00

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France and other countries in Europe observed a minute's silence at noon (1100 GMT) Monday in memory of the victims of the worst-ever terror attacks on French soil.

In Paris, President Francois Hollande was at the Sorbonne University surrounded by his cabinet, and hundreds of people gathered at the central Place de la Republique near the site of many of the attacks that killed at least 129 people on Friday.

Hundred also gathered at the sites where Friday's atrocities took place, including near the Bataclan music venue ,were 89 were killed.

From schools to council buildings and from city squares to offices, people gathered in silence to remember Friday's victims.

In many cases the minute silence was extended on and when it finally broke, people began to sing the national anthem of France - the Marseillaise. 

By the Le petit Cambodge restaurant

The Local's Oliver Gee was at Le Carillon bar, which was attacked on Friday night.

He writes: "What was supposed to be a one-minute silence turned into ten.

"It was a sombre and chilling mood, with the bullet holes in the windows of Le Carillon still clearly on show.

"Above, in English, the words Happy Hours were printed on the wall.

"It's ironic isn't it," a woman who lived just 50 meters away told The Local. "At a time like this, I kind of like it. We need it."

After the ten minutes of silence, a round of applause broke out. A man read a poem apparently sent in from somewhere in Africa, likely because Le Carillon was run by Algerians.

After more applause, onlookers sang a gentle but powerful version of the national anthem.

People in the crowd were in tears.

"I have coffee here almost everyday," Matthew Kelly told The Local.

"I was here 40 minutes before the shooting. A staff member told me afterwards that he hadn't lost any colleagues, but that 14 customers were killed."

He remained positive, however.

A woman with him, Sylvia, said the attacks were a signal for France to take action.

"It may sound strong but France needs to wake up. This should ring serious alarm bells. I'm not saying we need to go to Syria or anything, I'm saying we need to face the reality that France has changed. We are not the same romantic and historic country we have always been, and we have to wake up to what have become known problems."



At the cordoned-off Bataclan concert hall


By the Bataclan concert hall


Next to the Arc de Triomphe

Tributes were also held at French embassies in capital cities across the world.

The Local joined dozens of mourners outside the French Embassy in Stockholm.
One woman, 23, who gave her name only as Elodie, said that she had moved to the Swedish capital just five months ago and was struggling to deal with being away from her friends and family in the wake of the shootings.
"It is so hard. I am from Paris and I feel for them so much. I get so sad when I think about what has happened," she said, breaking down in tears.



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