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>> hold on a minute. beirut just a few days previously was dropped by an attack. lebanon wasn't asked by facebook, first of all, where is our safety check? a facility that allowed people to check in. there wasn't this official facility. some people think, you know, that perhaps if you're going to have these facilities, provided by social media, that it should be done in a more uniform way. others saying, in a statement, saying, really, gestures such as this are pointless, especially if you don't know the victims, by -- your public online persona appear more sympathetic.
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i would protest that. i think people are doing what they can, with the media they can, to actually make it known that they are touched or affected by a tragedy like this. even people who don't know the victims or don't live in paris or in france. paris is the most visited city in the world. it gets more visitors in a year, in france, than the native population. so many, many people have been to paris. they feel affected by this and they want to, in whatever way they can, communicate that. >> thank you. james with a look there. we've all been looking at, over the last few day, everything that social media has to say about the tragic events in paris. it is just a minute past 9 p.m. in paris. you're watching ongoing coverage of the aftermath of those attacks, which we now know that 129 people died. it is time for tonight's headlines. >> our enemy in syria -- our aim is not just to contain but to
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destroy this organization. >> the french president tells the joint houses of parliament france is at war. he's seeking a three-month state of emergency and constitutional changes to help in france's fight. francois hollande said he wouldd be calling on his partners to play their part in the fight as well. the french president says he wants to bring the united states and russia together in the fight against the islamic state group. after the strikes, he said he now wants an enlarged coalition aimed at destroying the jihadist network. also, we'll take a look at the latest from the investigation in connection with the attacks. so far, most of the attackers have been identified with many of them known to french authorities. therefore, many questions this evening about france's intelligence services. those are the headlines tonight, before bringing you more on that extraordinary joint session of parliament today.
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we're going to bring you a little bit of what john kerry has to say. the americans arrived in paris earlier tonight, he said, to show his solidarity with the french people. he's to speak tomorrow with francois hollande. he's to speak tomorrow with francois hollande about the attacks here. francois hollande will no doubt begin speaking with him about what he announced in front of the french congress today. let's have a listen at what the american secretary of state has to say. >> i have said many times, as have all of my predecessors, that france is america's oldest friend. our first ally. and during our darkest hours, that fact rings truer than ever. it was true in lafayette, across
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the atlantics and 238 years ago, to help americans achieve liberty. it was true in 1917 when general persian's army arrived in france to join the allied front and his aid proclaimed lafayette, we are here. it was true in world war ii, when america joined the courageous fighters of the french resistance in opposing and defeating the greatest evil is world has ever known. seasoneand certainly it was tru4 years ago, in the wake of the september 11 attacks in new york and pennsylvania, washington. the front page read "we are all americans" and it became clear at that moment that our centuries-long relationship that evolved even more. the united states and france were not only friends, we are
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family. and today, the entire world joins our family in heartbreak yet again. don't mistake what these attacks represent. this is not a clash of civilizations. these terrorists have declared war against all civilization. they killed the yazidis because they are yazidis. they killed christians because they are christians. they kill shiite, because they are shiite. and on. they rape and torture and pillage and call it the will of god. they are, in fact, psychopathic monsters. and there is nothing, nothing civilized about them. so this is not a case of one civilization pitted against another. this is a battle between civilization itself and barbarism, between civilization
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and mid-evil and modern fascism, both at the same time. that is why every single nation state in the region and around the world. is opposed to dash. the senseless murder of 132 people, and the injuring of hundreds more, including four americans, this is an assault not just an france but coming on the heels of brutal attacks in lebanon, iraq and elsewhere, it is an assault on our collective sense of reason and purpose. an attack on civility itself. and i want to thank the men and women who bravely reported to the scene of the attacks and those who continue to work around the clock to heal the injured, restore calm and provide relief. among those who died on friday
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night was an american student, naomi gonzalez. gonzalez had come to paris to expand her horizons, enrich her education and experience the magic of this city. as one of her former classmates put it, in her death, the world lost such a beautiful, shining light. now, i understand the sadness of those who knew naomi and other victims. the world is diminished by their deaths. no words of comfort or sorrow or even resolve can change that. we don't have the power to bring them back. so we must do, instead, what is within our power. and that begins with a sense of fierce solidarity among good and decent people everywhere.
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with the vow that we will never be intimidated by terrorists. and with the promise that we will never allow these murderers to achieve their vile aims. no one should doubt that the light still shines in the city of light. and that darkness will not ever, never overpower it. as history records, paris has known even darker moments and it has overcome them. the people of paris, joined by their friends, partners and family across the globe, will stand up for and live by the values that light the world. the underlying principles that form the backbone of our laws and the essence of our common humanity, the pursuit of justice and the embrace of peace. the belief and the dignity and the worth and the rights of
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every human being. [speaking french] >> tonight, the u.s. embassy and paris joins the many other landmarks around the world, shining the lights of the french republic. we do so as a reminder of the brave people of france that your american sisters and brothers will stand with you, shoulder to shoulder, as we have stood together throughout history. tonight, we are all parisians. and as the old motto of this resilient city says, and as parisians have painted across the social media in recent days... [speaking french] >> buffeted but not sunk. we will not let our sorrow for
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the loss of life overcome us. we will not lose sight of all the good that we are working together to do. we will not change our course or cancel our plans, including our plans to come together in paris later this month for the u.n. climate conference. and president obama told me today how much he looks forward to being here, being a part of that important moment. ultimately, we will defeat dash. and all who share their despicable ideology. we are on the course to do so. we will continue also to show compassion to those who seek refuge from the violence that the terrorists engender. we will fight to ensure that the world that our children inherit is richer in love and shorter on hate. we will work to bring, like naomi gonzalez, a beautiful
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shining light to areas, places that are couched in darkness. that's our responsibility. that's our duty. and we will do our duty, side by side, and we will prevail. [speaking french] [speaking french] [speaking french]
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>> there's the american secretary of state speaking live and in french, in front of the american embassy there in paris. here in paris, john kerry signaling the lighting up there, the three colors of the french flag, in a show of solidarity. you heard him just then, perfect french, repeating what he had said just before in english. he did pend time -- spend time here as a child. a perfect representative to arrive here in paris. he was much criticized back in january for not coming in the days just after the charlie hebdo massacre. or indeed taking part in the march that followed. he was here this time.
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we join our washington correspondent now. phillip, no doubt when john kerry sits down with francois hollande, francois hollande will put to him what he announced in front of the joint session of parliament today, which is that he's going to ask the united states to get involved in an intensification of the fight against the islamic state group. what is the american response to that request likely to be? >> well, there are already slight signs of intensification in that campaign and current strategy. this monday, it was the united states and the u.s.-led coalition that hit oil trucks in eastern syria, just a few hours after france hit those 20 targets in the i.s. organization's stronghold in syria. but essentially what the pentagon is telling us is what the french and americans from now on will be doing is, well, more intelligence sharing. essentially the united states will give the french that little bit more access to the data and information that the u.s.
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military currently has. the details of which we haven't been told exactly what they are. you can imagine that yesterday's air strikes had something to do with it. the united states has, of course, good information on which targets can be hit i, without too much, to use the american term, collateral damage. in terms of the tactics that the united states will be using from here on in, we heard from u.s. president obama speaking earlier at the g20 summit. he did not announce a change of strategy, despite quite a lot of pressure here in the united states, most notably from the right, for him to change that strategy and to even put ground troops in syria. that is something that barack obama earlier today clearly rejected. remember that just a few days ago -- in fact, the morning of the attacks in paris, he said that the islamic state organization had been contained. now, that is a word that he used that he probably regrets by now,
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considering what happened just after that. >> another piece of news out of the united states, the americans have said they will not change their plans to admit 10,000 syrian refugees. of course, many questions have been raised about security concerns in the wake of the paris attacks that might be linked to unscreened arrivals or arrivals in huge numbers. washington says they will continue its plan to bring in 10,000. >> yes, because the state department says today that it has that authority to keep those syrian refugees coming into the united states. the state department had to react, because there are now 13 u.s. states who have said that they want to stop any syrian refugees from being welcomed into their states. now, among those 13 states, and all of this has happened just over the last 24 hours, are the likes of texas fredericks which is the -- texas, for example,
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which has the largest amount of syrian refugees in the united states until now. still a very small number. michigan, as well, which has the largest arab community in the united states. president obama has already reacted to this in turkey. he said those moves by those 13 governors in the united states were, quote, shameful. he went on to say this. a slamming of the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. so this is a president and a white house who certainly still want to keep their part of the bargain, so to say, because after the big refugee movements in europe, the united states was put under pressure to welcome more refugees into this country. the state department decided to do so. today it says it will keep with that plan, despite, again, significant republican pressure to keep any syrian refugees from coming into the united states from now on. >> joining us live there from washington, the very latest on the american approach to the refugee crisis. but also, what the response is
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likely to be for the united states once it is asked by francois hollande for an intensification of the fight against the islamic state group. the french president made the announcement in front of the joint session of parliament today. he is to ask for an enlarged coalition in the fight against the group. a coalition that would include both the united states and russia. now, it was a rare occasion today in which the french president speaks to -- spoke to both houses of parliament. and it was a moment of great emotion. ♪[singing] ♪[singing]
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♪[singing] >> it was after francois hollande finished speaking that the joint houses of parliament sang. hollande announced a number of measures and declared that france was at war. >> france is at war.
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what happened friday night in paris and near the stade de france is an act of war. they have killed at least 129 people and injured many more. this is an aggression on this country, its values, its young people, its way of life. >> francois hollande told the joint session of parliament that he would be seeking a prolongation, prolonging all state of emergencies introduced on friday night but also that he would be seeking constitutional change in order to help in the fight against extremism. i am joined now by a spokesperson for the socialist party. thank you for being with us. what kind of constitutional change do you believe we can expect? >> well, we'll get the details, i'm sure, in the next few days. but the issue is really that the
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constitution was written at a time when these kind of threats didn't exist. an organized, militarized terrorist organization that operates from outside of france. we don't want to have to go through the state of emergency every time something like this happens. there's different grades of a state of emergency. francois is using it with a lot of responsibility, in being very contained in how he's using it. but we've had examples during the war, independence war in al algeria, for example, where the state of emergency was used almost as a dictatorship, which is something we do not want to see. this doesn't concord to what we -- correspond to what we believe is the french republic today. it's better to evolve the constitution to make sure that we have the right balance
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between ensuring our security and protecting our freedoms. >> in the meantime, of course, the prolonging of the state of emergency is going to have to go through parliament. and that's going to happen on wednesday. do you expect that some of your own mp's will oppose it? >> well, it seems that they are rejecting the idea of a constitutional change at this time. so we will see. hopefully they will change their mind when they see exactly what the president is proposing in terms of adapting the constitution to make sure that the state, the government has the capacity to act very swiftly when there's an attack like this while preserving our public liberties and not abusing our powers, because we have to stay a state where the rule of law prevails. we'll see what happens. i hope the idea of unity will
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prevail. and that these changes will prevail. but it's a little early to say. >> there is already some suggestion that -- one noticed over the weekend that they were going towards the idea of solidarity, which feels like a shade under. >> it's very disappointing actually for former president -- for the former president to see this happen so quickly. i think we will have political debates. it's necessary. it's healthy. we're a democracy. but we're still a nation in mourning. and i think the president has acted responsibly, very firmly. i think french people are appreciating how he's been reacting since friday night. so this method of trying to steer our political controversy on issues that shouldn't be an issue for anyone is a little dismaying really, to say the
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least. >> francois hollande announced, of course, during the speech, a renewed commitment to destroying the islamic state group, an intensification of french air strikes and the seeking of an enlarged donation. however determined it is, france is functioning within the context of a coalition being led by the united states and it is going to have to, in the end, go the way of washington. >> well, france has acted alone in coordination with the coalition but the strikes, for example, that happened over the weekend, france acted alone. but we know that in order for this to be successful, we need to have an international coalition. we need to have russia, not only the united states but russia on board. russia today is not striking isis, unfortunately. 90% of their strikes are not on isis.
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so we have to -- i think we are in an international context, it has changed. a lot of countries have been hit by isis. and unfortunately, the scale of the attack in france, i think, has changed. also, we heard john kerry a little earlier. it's changed the balance and the intent of what this coalition now needs to achieve. >> thank you very much indeed. we'll continue to follow, of course, that renewed sense of determination. thank you very much. of course, throughout paris today, the mourning continued. there was a minute silence that was marked. not just in paris but throughout france and indeed, in other parts of the world. tonight the eiffel tower is lit up as a tribute to those who fell, in memory of those who died in those attacks on friday night. 129 of them. many families still looking for
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news of their loved ones. some of those bodies have yet to be identified. and some people yet to be accounted for. meanwhile, there are still dozens of people in hospitals, whose survival is far from certain tonight. for more on the story, we can speak to our correspondents, who are out and about on the streets of paris, as are so many parisians once again this evening, sharing their grief, their outrage, their sense of shock. many people have made their way over the course of the last few days, and despite the warnings of the authorities, towards those places where the attacks happened, the bataclan. but also the street where our correspondent is now. it was one of the locations of the massacres that happened on friday night. tell us a little bit about the scene there this evening.
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reporter: well, the mood here is very somber, as you can imagine. it's completely different from the scenes we saw yesterday, for example, at the plaza where there were songs, oç%ñññú
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