Macron marks 2nd anniversary of Paris attacks

By Sara Shayanian  |  Nov. 13, 2017 at 10:44 AM
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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- French President Emmanuel Macron presided over ceremonies in France on Monday to mark the 2nd anniversary of the deadly Paris attacks.

The president, accompanied by his wife, Bridgette Macron, visited the six sites where attackers affiliated with the Islamic State killed a sum of 130 people and injured hundreds more in Nov. 2015.

The Macrons and other leaders -- including former French President François Hollande -- visited the Stade de France in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, the site of the first attacks.

Other sites of the attack, including cafes and restaurants where people were gunned down by the attackers, were also visited.

The final stop was the Bataclan concert hall, the site of the deadliest attack that left 90 dead.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told French radio that "France is still France" and said the French people have carried on "with a resolute attachment to a certain way of life that can never be taken away."

"We can look at our country and say that it has stayed strong, and that it has responded in appropriate legal and military manners," Philippe said.

Two years after the attack, however, a key suspect in the case is still refusing to talk to investigators about his role in the deadly citywide plot.

Salah Abdeslam -- who played a key role in the logistics of the attack -- has remained silent since he was arrested in March 2016.

Abdeslam is known to have rented cars and apartments for the attackers. On the night of the attack, Abdeslam dumped his explosive suicide belt and fled Paris.

The 28-year-old is currently under 24-hour surveillance in solitary confinement in Europe's biggest prison at Fleury-Mérogis.

Abdeslam is set to stand trial in Belgium in December for the attempted murder of police officers three days before he was arrested.

No trial date has been set for him in France.

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