PARIS – A subdued France paid homage Friday to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning.
Windows were draped with French flags in an uncharacteristic display of patriotism, but the locked-down courtyard ceremony at the Invalides national monument lacked the defiance of January, when a million people poured through the streets to honor those killed by Islamic extremist gunmen.
France's military provided the only images of Friday's ceremony, and no one without an invitation was permitted inside.
The night of Nov. 13, three teams of suicide bombers and gunmen struck across Paris, beginning at the national stadium — where President Francois Hollande was among the spectators — and ending in the storming of the Bataclan concert venue. In all, 130 people died and hundreds were injured. The crowd at the stadium, as they filed outside that night, shakily sang France's national anthem — and the Marseillaise was again played on Friday.
Hollande entered the Invalides alone, and sat alone in a simple chair in front of the assembled crowd.