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Paris residents fly national flags in solidarity after attacks

Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 01:27

Paris residents are decorating their homes and shops with national flags as the nation mourns the victims of the deadly attacks. Nathan Frandino reports.

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On the streets of Paris, the French are flying the national flag to pay homage to the victims of the Paris attacks. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARISIAN SHOP OWNER, SEBASTIEN, SAYING: "I will put up a flag at my house tonight and I think we should fly our flags all the time. It's important to feel French and to keep what happened in our minds and to show our attachment to French values and the French national flag is the best way of showing this support right now." President Francois Hollande called on citizens to raise their flags ahead of the official commemoration ceremony on Friday. He said it would be a way for people who cannot attend to pay tribute to the 130 people who lost their lives. Since the attacks, the city's main flag-maker has reportedly seen a 500 percent increase in sales. One shop is struggling to keep up with the demand. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SHOP ASSISTANT, ALVINA PERRIERA, SAYING: "Since this morning, after President Francois Hollande asked citizens to fly flags at their homes, we have had enormous demand. We are doing all that we can to have enough stock to satisfy all our customers." And it was too late for one Parisian. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARISIAN AND CUSTOMER IN SHOP WANTING TO BUY A FLAG, BRUNO CAZALS, SAYING: "I wanted to fly a flag but they're already out of stock here, which shows that many other people did the same, so I will come back this afternoon." A sign of solidarity that now becomes a symbol of mourning and resistance

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Paris residents fly national flags in solidarity after attacks

Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 01:27