France marks first anniversary of coordinated attacks that left 130 dead


(JTA) — France marked the first anniversary of a series of terror attacks that rocked Paris and left 130 people dead.

President Francois Hollande unveiled memorial plaques Sunday at sites throughout the city where the attacks occurred on Nov. 13, 2015.

The Islamic State group, or ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying afterward it had struck France because the country’s military was bombing ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria.

The ceremony Sunday took place outside the Bataclan, a formerly Jewish-owned concert hall that had sponsored pro-Israel events. Ninety people were killed there during a concert by the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal as part of the coordinated attacks.

The names of the killed were read out loud to a crowd that stood in silence, according to reports.

On Saturday night, British rock star Sting performed the first concert in the reopened and refurbished Bataclan.

“We will not forget them,” Sting told the crowd in French following a moment of silence for the victims.

Among the attacks were three shootings in the 10th District and a bomb attack at a stadium north of central Paris. No specifically Jewish sites were targeted.

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