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Poles show solidarity with Paris victims

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Alicja Baczyńska 15.11.2015 12:03
State officials and citizens across Poland paid their respects to the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks.
Photo: PAP/Tomasz GzellPhoto: PAP/Tomasz Gzell

In Warsaw, political leaders and residents gathered in front the French Embassy on Saturday, lighting candles and laying flowers in honour of those killed.

Gestures of solidarity were made by President Andrzej Duda, outgoing Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and incoming head of government Beata Szydło.

Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell

"We unite in grief and sadness with the French nation," President Duda said at the site. He called for Poles to "come together in thought and prayer for those who died and for their families to be strong and persevere through this extremely difficult time."

Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell

As a token of solidarity, the capital's Palace of Culture was illuminated in the colours of the French national flag, blue, white and red.

According to information released by the Foreign Ministry, there were no Poles among those killed in the unprecedented series of coordinated terrorist attacks that hit Paris, claiming the lives of at least 129 people and leaving some 200 injured. Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the carnage.

Friday's bloodshed in Paris came a day after IS orchestrated two suicide bombings in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, killing at least 41 people. (aba/rk)

Source: IAR

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