Obama visits Bataclan, site of French terror attack

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President Barack Obama (right) and French President Francois Hollande place flowers at the Bataclan, site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks. Obama paid respects there after arriving in town for the COP21 climate change conference on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. | Evan Vucci/AP

PARIS — At another time, it would have been a glorious tour of Paris by night — but for the saddest of destinations.

President Barack Obama landed in Paris just before midnight Sunday, and his motorcade took on unexpected route along the Seine. He rode past the Eiffel Tower, the French Assembly building, the Bastille. Then he arrived at the Bataclan.

He walked to the shuttered French concert hall where terrorists wrought horror two weeks ago.

Obama, French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo walked side by side to a makeshift memorial. Each added a single white rose to the collection of remembrances.

They bowed their heads for a long moment of silence, paying tribute to the 130 people who died in the worst attack on French soil in more than half a century.

Obama is in France for the climate change conference.

NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

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