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PARIS (AP) – In silence and mourning, France celebrated the fifth anniversary of the deaths of 130 people by Islamic State extremists who targeted the Bataclan concert hall, Parisian cafes and the stadium national in a series of coordinated attacks.
It was France’s most deadly peacetime attack, deeply shaking the nation. This has led to an intensification of French military action against extremists abroad and to security repression in the country.
Five years later, Prime Minister Jean Castex led silent ceremonies on Friday at the multiple sites targeted by attackers coordinated around the French capital on November 13, 2015: the Stade de France in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, the Bataclan, and five cafes in eastern Paris where gunshots broke through on a mild Friday night.
The public were unable to participate in this year’s commemorations due to the partial lockdown of the virus in France.
The ceremonies took place as France is again on high alert for terrorist attacks after three extremist Islamic attacks since September have killed four people.