France has paid tribute on the national day of mourning to the victims of the Paris terror attacks, which took place two weeks ago.
Over 2000 people, including French president Francois Hollande, members of the military, rescue workers and government officials, gathered for a service in military museum Les Invalides in a remembrance ceremony for the November 13 attacks which claimed 130 lives and wounded 350 people.
The national flag could be seen throughout the whole city as many took to displaying the flag on their windows and on cars as an act of remembrance to the victims of the coordinated terror attacks which spanned from the Bataclan Theatre through to the Stade de France.
“These women, these men, embodied the happiness of life,” said Hollande. “They were killed because they were life, they were shot down because they were France, they were slain because they were freedom.”
The ceremony saw the names of all 130 victims who came from 17 different countries being read out during a minute of silence with many of those under the age of 35.
“I solemnly promise you all that France will do everything to defeat the army of fanatics who have committed these crimes, that she will act tirelessly to protect her children,” said Holland.
“The terrorists want to divide us, to oppose us, to pit us against one another. They will fail. They have the cult of death, we have the love of life,” he said.
The French parliament sought a three-month extension of a state of emergency following the attacks giving police wide-ranging powers such as the ability to put suspects under house arrest without trial during investigations into the terror attacks.
Members of the European union have already begun talks calling for tighter border controls, restrictions on gun use including increased data collection on travellers.