Paris memorial takes place amid growing pressure on Spain

FRANCE is holding a memorial service in tribute to the 130 people who died in the Paris attacks on November 13. 

The service in central Paris will see around 1,000 people, including survivors of the attacks, victims’ families and President Francois Hollande. 

Names of all the victims have been read out and the President has spoken after a minutes’ silence, while the tricolour flag is hoisted in public places and homes across the nation. 

A series of co-ordinated attacks saw gunmen and suicide bombers target popular sites in the capital leading to international outcry and a wave of support for France. 

President Hollande has called on the support of other countries in its redoubled fight against violent jihadism, seeking assistance in its bombing of ISIS strongholds in Syria. 

The UK’s David Cameron yesterday laid out the case for enhanced airstrikes to the British Parliament while Germany will send 650 troops to Mali to relive French obligations there. 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is facing both internal and external pressure after refusing to commit to increasing troop assistance in Mali and the Central African Republic to bolster French efforts in the Middle East. 

Domestically the Spanish king Felipe IV asked for Europe to ‘stand united and firm against terror,’ while the political party Ciudadanos told Rajoy not to allow election fears to dictate his decisions.  

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