By: Edwin Martinez
(Paris, France) In the aftermath of Friday’s terrorist attack in central Paris, thousands gathered in Republic Square to show solidarity and resolve as a nation.
Thousands laid flowers in honor of those who lost their lives in the attacks. While others, cried, some sang and others showed national pride by waving French flags.
Citizens are demanding that those responsible be held accountable and that the French government rethink refugee and immigration policies that make French people more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Likewise, citizens are demanding that Prime Minister Francois Hollande refocus efforts to deal with Muslim Radicalism within the country and around the world.
On Saturday, French citizens tried to return to normal, taking their children to neighborhood parks and visiting their favorite restaurants, while police continued their search for those responsible for the attacks and worked to secure the nation.
On Sunday, Elected officials joined citizen at the church of Notre Dame to show solidarity and honor those who have perished and injured during the attacks.
Early today, the Prime Minister convened the government of France in Versailles to request emergency powers for three months to deal with the nations security. While at the same time he called for a global effort to destroy Islamic State base of operations, which “ have become the biggest terrorist factory the world has ever known.”
In the United States President Obama promised to work with France and the rest of the world to stamp out Muslim Radicalism.