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Europe mourns with France

Published:Saturday | November 14, 2015 | 12:34 PM
Flowers are placed in front of the French embassy in Oslo, Norway, yesterday for the victims killed in last Friday's attacks in Paris.

The leaders of the European Union nations are calling for a minute of silence across the 28-nation bloc tomorrow in memory of the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

In a joint statement yesterday, the leaders said Europeans will always remember Friday, November 13, "as a European day of mourning", and invited the EU's 510 million people to mark their solidarity at noon tomorrow.

"This shameful act of terrorism will only achieve the opposite of its purpose, which was to divide, frighten, and sow hatred," they said. "Good is stronger than evil. Everything that can be done at European level to make France safe will be done. We will do what is necessary to defeat extremism, terrorism and hatred."

They called last Friday's events "an attack against us all". At least 127 people were killed and scores injured in the attacks. The Islamic Statsae group has claimed responsibility.