NEW YORK (AP) — Times Square, French consulates and sports stadiums saw increased security Saturday, but authorities noted the stepped-up patrols were out of an abundance of caution following the Paris terror attacks that killed more than 120.
Consulates in New York and Boston received extra security along with French-owned sites in Washington. But elsewhere, like Minnesota’s Mall of America, it was business as usual.
“I think like all New Yorkers, we feel solidarity, we know how this feels; it hits home personally,” said Ronnie De La Cruz, who was born in Paris, but has lived in the United States since the 1960s. After leaving a floral tribute at the French Consulate on Fifth Avenue, across from Central Park, he shrugged off any concerns about security.
“I think that certainly here in New York is probably about as best as it can be,” he said.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the country still reeling from deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Hillary Rodham Clinton cast herself as America’s strongest leader in a scary world, even as she found herself forced to defend her own role during the rise of the Islamic State militants.
“This election is not only about electing a president, it’s also about choosing our next commander in chief,” Clinton declared Saturday night in the Democrats’ second debate of the presidential campaign. “All of the other issues we want to deal with depend upon us being secure and strong.”
AP: IOC chief cried as French fans sang anthem
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says ``I cried'' when watching images of French soccer fans singing the national anthem as they left the Stade de France stadium following Friday's attacks.
The series of attacks that struck Paris began when suicide bombers detonated themselves outside the Stade de France some 20 minutes into the match between France and Germany on Friday night.
After the game had finished, they left the stadium in a climate of tension but not giving in to panic, maintaining their calm as they walked back to their cars or to a nearby railway station.
``When I saw people leaving the stadium singing La Marseillaise, I cried,'' Bach said on France 2 television on Sunday. ``We're all French because the acts are not only an attack against Parisians or the French, but they're attacks against humanity and against human values. It goes without saying that we're all together with our friends in France.''
The attacks in Paris came as the French capital bids to host the 2024 Olympics. Rome, Los Angeles, Hamburg and Budapest are the other candidates. The IOC will select the host city in 2017.
PARIS (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced he is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to his state.
In a news release Sunday Bentley said, “After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”
According to the release Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is working diligently with federal agencies to monitor any possible threats. To date there has been no credible intelligence of terror threats in Alabama.
PARIS (AP) — France launched “massive” air strikes on the Islamic State group’s de-facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned.
Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs in the biggest air strikes since France extended its bombing campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September, a Defense Ministry statement said. The jets launched from sites in Jordan and the Persian Gulf, in coordination with U.S. forces.
On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Turkey on Sunday, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country was justified in taking action in Syria.
“It was normal to take the initiative and action and France had the legitimacy to do so. We did it already in the past, we have conducted new airstrikes in Raqqa today, Fabius said. “One cannot be attacked harshly, and you know the drama that is happening in Paris, without being present and active.”
Meanwhile, as police announced seven arrests and hunted for more members of the sleeper cell that carried out the Paris attacks that killed 129 people, French officials revealed to The Associated Press that several key suspects had been stopped and released by police after the attack.
The arrest warrant for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old born in Brussels, calls him very dangerous and warns people not to intervene if they see him.
Manuel Valls spoke on French radio RTL Monday morning, reaafirming President Francois Hollande’s declaration that “we are at war” against terrorism following Friday’s attacks in Paris.
Valls also warned that more attacks could hit “in the coming days, in the coming weeks.”
The leaders of the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations were wrapping up their two-day summit in Turkey Monday against the backdrop of heavy French bombardment of the Islamic State’s stronghold in Iraq. The bombings marked a significant escalation of France’s role in the fight against the extremist group.
The Eiffel Tower, which had dimmed its light after Friday's attack, stand re-illuminated in the French colors in honor of the victims, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
The 116-year-old international symbol of Paris will remain lit up in the colors of the French flag for three nights.
After the relighting, Paris’ motto “Fluctuat nec mergitur” or “Tossed but not sunk” was to be projected onto the 300-meter (986-foot) monument visible across the French capital.
The tower reopened to visitors Monday afternoon.
- Associated Press