In Paris for climate talks, Obama honors attack victims

President Barack Obama places a flower at the Bataclan, one of the sites targeted by terrorists in the deadly Paris attacks earlier this month. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

PARIS (AP) — 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 and the Bastille before arriving at the Bataclan.

The American president strode purposefully toward the French concert hall where terrorists wrought so much 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 rose to the collection of remembrances.

On a cool and clear night, the three bowed their heads for a long moment of silence. Some 130 people died in the deadliest attack on French soil in more than a half-century. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

And then Obama was gone, ready to turn his focus to the climate change conference that brought him to France.

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