In silence and mourning, France marked five years since 130 people were killed by Islamic State extremists who targeted the Bataclan concert hall, Paris cafes and the national stadium in a series of co-ordinated attacks.
It was France’s deadliest peacetime attack, deeply shaking the nation. It led to intensified French military action against extremists abroad and a security crackdown at home.
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Five years later, Prime Minister Jean Castex was leading silent ceremonies Friday at the multiple sites targeted by co-ordinated attackers around the French capital on Nov. 13, 2015: the Stade de France in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, the Bataclan, and five cafes in eastern Paris where gunfire shattered the balmy Friday night.
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The public could not join this year’s commemorations because of France’s partial virus lockdown.
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The ceremonies came as France is again under high alert for terrorist attacks after three Islamic extremist attacks since September have killed four people.
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