Wounded survivors of Paris attacks gathered Friday at a remembrance ceremony in Paris. President FranÃ§ois Hollande vowed to â€˜defeat this enemyâ€™, telling traumatised nation: â€˜They have a cult of death, but we have a love of lifeâ€™.
At the solemn national ceremony to remember the victims of Franceâ€™s worst-ever terrorist attacks, more than 2,000 family members and survivors gathered. But many more wounded survivors were still in hospital, several in intensive care, unable to attend.
Many of the 352 injured had suffered devastating and life-changing injuries, and doctors said hundreds more had suffered psychological trauma that would be hard to overcome. FranÃ§ois Hollande arrived to the sound of the national anthem La Marseillaise attempted to address the trauma of a nation. His message â€“ in a speech he had written himself – was that France would not change. He promised that the diverse nation with a love of life and freedom would remain â€œjust how the victims had loved itâ€.
More than half of the victims were under 35. The victims came from more than 50 places in France â€” housing estates, villages, countryside and cities â€” and 17 different countries. Hollande said 13 November, when gunmen and suicide bombers attacked bars, restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and the Stade de France stadium, was a date that would always be remembered in France.