- Title: Flags in Brussels, Paris at half-mast after Manchester attack
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) BRITISH EMBASSY BRITISH FLAG AT HALF-MAST OUTSIDE BRITISH EMBASSY SIGN READING (English): "Saint Michael's Church, services in English" (SOUNDBITE) (French) NICE RETIREE, GERARD PICOT, SAYING: "Horrified, you can only be horrified when you hear about such things especially when over the past few years, it just doesn't stop. Something happens every month; the problem is that it's very difficult to protect people and a hysteria about going out, going to shows develops. It's going to become very difficult." DOORS TO BRITISH EMBASSY LIGHTS ON DOORS TO BRITISH EMBASSY ARMED POLICE OFFICER WALKING (SOUNDBITE) 63-YEAR-OLD AUSTRIAN TOURIST AND RETIREE WHO DID NOT DISCLOSE NAME, SAYING: "I don't think we need to be afraid; I don't think so. That's exactly what that they want. You mustnâ€™t be afraid. Everyone knows it can happen anywhere, but it's still a lot more dangerous to drive in Paris than to walk around in the world." (SOUNDBITE) 46-YEAR-OLD FINANCE DIRECTOR, SANDRINE PENEY, SAYING: "Continue to live normally and continue to go out. That's what we're all doing; what we all did that in Paris - we all went back to the Bataclan and we will all continue to go out. We must all continue to live with it, perhaps keeping it in mind but above all nothing has changed. That would be the worst thing." SECURITY CAMERAS VARIOUS OF PEDESTRIANS WALKING IN STREET
- Embargoed: 6th June 2017 12:59
- Keywords: British embassy European Commission Brussels Paris Jean-Claude Juncker Britain attack Manchester
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE & BRUSSELS, BELGIUM & INTERNET
- City: PARIS, FRANCE & BRUSSELS, BELGIUM & INTERNET
- Country: France
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,International/National Security
- Reuters ID: LVA0046I289JB
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- Story Text: Flags in Brussels and Paris were at half-mast on Tuesday (May 23) in solidarity with the victims of an attack in Manchester that killed 22 people.
An unidentified suicide bomber is suspected of carrying out the deadly attack. Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena massacre.
Flags were lowered outside the British embassies in the Belgian and French capitals, as well as outside European institutions.
Speaking at the European Commission headquarters, the EU executive's Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas told reporters Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had conveyed his sympathy to the British people after the "cowardly" attack.
Passers-by in Paris, which has been hit by a string of Islamist attacks, said they were shocked by the killings but urged citizens to continue to go out and live normally.
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