Obama Pays His Respects at the Bataclan in Paris
The Paris terror attacks may have happened several weeks ago, but that didn’t stop President Barack Obama from paying his respects to those that died.
Accompanied by French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama placed a single white rose to commemorate those that fell.
It was his first stop in Paris after arriving for climate talks with other world leaders. It took him 45 minutes to get to the site from Orly Airport, where Air Force One touched down late Sunday.
The President’s motorcade arrived at the site in silence, passing down a cordoned-off Boulevard Voltaire at a slow speed. Heavily armed French police stood guard at the corner of Rue Oberkampf, a block and a half from the theater, preventing pedestrians and traffic from passing by.
Obama is one in a succession of world leaders, British Prime Minister David Cameron included, who have paid respects at the Bataclan. But his visit was shrouded by tighter security, occurring under cover of darkness on an abandoned avenue.
Police shouted at nearby residents peering out windows to return inside, and onlookers were told to continue walking toward the Place de la République.
Obama himself was gone before long, remaining at the site for only minutes before continuing onward.
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