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UN council stands in silent tribute to French attack victims

January 8, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has paid tribute to the victims of the French terrorist attack, standing in silence for a minute.

The 15 members of the U.N.’s most powerful body rose along with dozens of diplomats in the crowded council chamber at the start of meetings Thursday afternoon on African issues to honor the 12 people killed Wednesday at the Paris satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

France’s U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said as he headed into the meeting that having the silent tribute would be a “very moving demonstration of unity and solidarity not only with France ... but also in terms of our common fight against terrorism and for the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press.”

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