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US President Barack Obama pays midnight visit to site of Bataclan massacre

Published 30/11/2015 | 07:17

U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande (R) and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) walk away after placing flowers at a makeshift memorial to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at the Bataclan in Paris November 30, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande (R) and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) walk away after placing flowers at a makeshift memorial to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at the Bataclan in Paris November 30, 2015
President Barack Obama places a flower at the Bataclan, a site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, to pay his respects after arriving in town for the COP21 climate change conference Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama, right, French President Francois Hollande, second from right, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo pause for a moment of silence at the Bataclan, site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, after Obama arrived in town for the COP21 climate change conference, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama, right, French President Francois Hollande, second from right, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo arrive at the Bataclan, site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, to pay their respects to the victims, after Obama arrived in town for the COP21 climate change conference, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
U.S. President Barack Obama, right, French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo pay their respect at the Bataclan concert hall, one of the recent deadly Paris attack sites, after Obama arrived in the French capital to attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)

President Barack Obama paid a late-night tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris as soon as he arrived for climate talks in the French capital.

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The US president's motorcade went straight from Orly Airport to the Bataclan concert hall, one of the sites the terrorists struck on November 13.

President Barack Obama, right, French President Francois Hollande, second from right, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo arrive at the Bataclan, site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, to pay their respects to the victims, after Obama arrived in town for the COP21 climate change conference, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama, right, French President Francois Hollande, second from right, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo arrive at the Bataclan, site of one of the Paris terrorists attacks, to pay their respects to the victims, after Obama arrived in town for the COP21 climate change conference, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Paris. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

French president Francois Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, joined Mr Obama.

Each placed a single flower at a makeshift memorial and Mr Obama bowed his head in silence.

Some 130 people died in the deadliest attack on French soil in more than a half-century. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

Mr Obama flew to Paris for the opening two days of an international conference on combating climate change.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo pay their respect at the Bataclan concert hall, one of the recent deadly Paris attack sites, after Obama arrived in the French capital to attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)
U.S. President Barack Obama, right, French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo pay their respect at the Bataclan concert hall, one of the recent deadly Paris attack sites, after Obama arrived in the French capital to attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21), Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)

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