Hundreds of people who lost loved ones in terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago will attend a memorial service in the French capital later. Up to 1,000 family members have been invited to the official tribute at Les Invalides, in the heart of the city. French president Francois Hollande has flown home from a meeting in Moscow with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to attend the event.
But one family has called for a boycott of the service , angry at what they see as the collective failure of the French government and security services to prevent the attacks. Emma Prevost, who lost her brother Francois-Xavier in the rampage, set out her views in a widely-read Facebook post.
She wrote: “So no thank you Mr President, politicians, your tribute we do not want.
“You were partly responsible for what happened to us. It was earlier that there was a need to act. The attacks in January should have been sufficient.” The American band, Eagles of Death Metal, have said they would like to be the first to play at the Bataclan concert hall when it re-opens.
Eighty-nine people were killed at the venue when heavily-armed terrorists stormed it 30 minutes into their set.
The terrorists also set off bombs outside the Stade de France, and opened fire at bars and restaurants, killing 130 people in all. Security across the city remains tight, especially as two alleged members of the terror cell – Salah Abdeslam and Mohamed Abrini – are still on the run .
Some 11,000 police officers will be deployed across Paris from Sunday as the city gets ready to welcome world leaders for Monday’s climate change conference.