President Obama Visits Bataclan Theater, Deadly Paris Terror Attack Site
The president is visiting Paris just two weeks after terror attacks rocked Paris
By ARLETTE SAENZ
November 29, 2015, 11:54 PM
• 2 min read
PARIS -- Within an hour of landing in Paris, President Obama made an impromptu stop early Monday morning at the Bataclan theater, one of the sites targeted by terrorists in the deadly Paris attacks earlier this month.
Accompanied by French President Hollande and Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama laid a single white flower, bowed his head and stood in silence at a candle-laden memorial outside the theater, the deadliest site in the attacks that killed 130 people.
The president's visit to Paris comes just two weeks after France's capital city was rocked by the terror attacks. His official business on the trip is to attend an international climate conference, aiming to secure a deal to limit the rise of global warming.
But terrorism and the fight against ISIS will loom large over the two days of events the president will attend. Last week, the president said the climate conference would serve as a "powerful rebuke to the terrorists" as over 150 world leaders committed to attend the summit despite the terror attacks that ravaged France's capital city.
On Monday evening, President Obama and Hollande are scheduled to meet one-on-one for dinner in Paris where the two men will discuss climate change and the strategy to combat ISIS.