Flags at half-mast, tributes planned for Paris victims

MARIGOT–Flags will remain at half-mast on all public buildings until Tuesday in keeping with the three days of mourning declared by President François Hollande following the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13.

The Collectivité at midday joins in a national tribute to be held in the garden of Hotel de la Collectivité, and simultaneously in all French territories, to remember victims of the massacre.

One day after the attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls asked all French citizens to take part in the tribute. The population of St. Martin is invited to join in.

President of the Territorial Council Aline Hanson in her reaction said the “massive terrorist attack had struck at the heart of the country and plunged Paris into chaos with innocent people targeted by the terrorists.”

“On this night of bloodshed on Friday, my first thoughts went out to the victims and the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy,” she said in a statement. “All French people, living in France, living overseas, living in St. Martin received this news with horror and sadness.”

“This is a tragic moment for our country and we must remain united around the values of freedom, equality and fraternity that form the backbone and strength of France. We need to exhibit these values in all circumstances to rise above the hatred and those who want to harm us and to show France will not be intimidated.”

Hanson asked all St. Martiners who live in Paris, or are currently on holiday or business trips to carefully follow advice and instructions from Government and whenever possible remain indoors.

“I am in regular contact with Préfète Anne Laubies, who is currently in Paris and keeping me informed of government decisions. I am also very grateful for the messages of support and condolences expressed by Prime Minister of St. Maarten Marcel Gumbs and Governor Eugene Holiday.

“I sent a message of sympathy to President Hollande via his overseas councillor Marc Visy and to Minister of Overseas Territories George Pau-Langevin, to assure them of the unwavering support from the population of St. Martin. Both were touched by the gesture and warmly thanked the St. Martin people for their solidarity,” Hanson noted.

Minister of Overseas Territories George Pau-Langevin in a statement announced a reinforcement of “Plan Vigipirate” for security in the overseas territories.

She assured the support of all overseas territories for families of the victims and called for “solidarity, unity and courage” in the face of the terrorist threat.

Source: The Daily Herald Flags at half-mast, tributes planned for Paris victims