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Obama pays respect at Bataclan concert hall in Paris




U.S. President Barack Obama, early Monday paid respect to victims of the Paris terror attack during a visit to the concert hall, one of the venues of the attacks.

Obama made the surprise stop at the Bataclan after arriving in the French capital for a climate conference.

The US president stood silently for more than a minute in front of candles and flowers that have been placed at a makeshift memorial to the victims, outside the Bataclan.

He made no statement, but laid down a rose.

French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo joined him outside the concert hall where a contingent of police had cleared the street prior to Obama’s arrival.

Only Hollande’s advisors and security were nearby.

The near-simultaneous attacks on Nov. 13 in cafes, bars, restaurants, the national football stadium and Bataclan killed 130 people and wounded more than 350.

France has been under a state of emergency since then.

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