France remembers victims of terror attacks in Paris ceremony

French President Francois Hollande arrives to a ceremony for victims of terrorism in Paris, Monday Sept.19, 2016. Hollande presides over a national ceremony to pay tribute to victims of terrorist attacks including that targeting Nice on Bastille Day. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

PARIS (AP) — A ceremony in memory of all victims of terror attacks is being held on Monday in Paris as France is still under a state of emergency.

The names of the victims of attacks carried out by Islamic extremists last year in Paris and in July in Nice are to be read during the ceremony, which also remembers those killed in attacks in Brussels, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali.

The ceremony, organized by associations of victims, is gathering hundreds of families and people injured in the attacks, in the presence of President Francois Hollande and former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Security and the fight against terrorism are a major issues ahead of France’s presidential election in April-May 2017.

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