Grace Garbsch ’18
On Friday, November 13, 2015, Paris saw the worst violence on French soil since World War II. There were attacks on two restaurants where 24 were reported dead. The national stadium, where France was playing Germany in a soccer match, and the Bataclan concert venue were attacked. A total of 129 people were killed and more than 350 were injured in these attacks. France declared a state of emergency and closed their borders, the Eiffel Tower, and other tourist attractions.
The Islamic extremist group, ISIS, has claimed responsibility for these attacks. Eight people who are responsible for the attacks are already dead. Yet the mastermind behind the attacks has been identified as, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian citizen believed to be in Syria. Another suspect is Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year old French citizen who was born in Belgium. Belgium has issued an international warrant for his arrest. Abdeslam is one of three brothers, one of the brothers was killed in the attacks, and another was arrested.
France responded to the attacks on Paris by bombing the city of Raqqa, Syria on Sunday, which serves as the capital for ISIS. The police have carried out more than 150 raids under the country’s state of emergency. The raids targeted people on a special watch list. France’s president, Francois Hollande, calls the Paris attacks “an act of war… prepared and planned from the outside, with accomplices inside.” He declared three days of mourning for the victims. On Monday, France had a moment of silence to remember all those that had died in the attacks.
Pictured above is the Cincinnati sign lit up in France’s colors.