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"Our hearts are with you", Kerry tells Hollande

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 00:54

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hugs French President Francois Hollande in a visit of support after last week's Islamist attacks in Paris that killed 17 people. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met President Francois Hollande on Friday (January 16), giving him a hug in the courtyard of the Elysee presidential palace. Kerry said his visit to France was "to give a big hug" to Paris. Senior U.S. officials were absent from a commemoration march held in Paris on Sunday (January 11) attended by dozens of world leaders. President Barack Obama's administration conceded that was an omission. Kerry alsovisited a kosher supermarket in Paris which was attacked by a gunman last week, killing four Jews, to pay tributes to the victims. He laid a wreath together with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who both took a moment's silence. Seventeen victims and the three attackers died in three days of violence in Paris last week that began with an assault on the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Investigators are still poring over the complex chain of events that led to three French nationals - two brothers with Algerian roots and a third of African extraction - perpetrating the worst attacks on French soil for decades.

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"Our hearts are with you", Kerry tells Hollande

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 00:54