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French soccer to mourn Paris terrorist attack with minute’s silence

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Mourners attend a rally in support of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper that fell victim to an terrorist attack, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Union Square in New York. French officials say 12 people were killed when masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the periodical that had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


After the shocking terrorist attack in Paris on Wednesday, the French Football Federation (FFF) has announced that a minute’s silence will be held at every soccer game this weekend to remember those killed.

The Paris office of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was attacked by three gunmen as 12 people lost their lives and the attackers are still at large as a huge police search continues in the French capital. The attack is believed to have been carried out by Islamic extremists, as the newspaper had been threatened before for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Parisiens and citizens of France have united since the attack with overnight vigils to honor the dead, as a nation is in mourning.

And this weekend soccer games in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 in France will pay their respects to the journalists and police officers who were killed by holding a minute’s silence in their memory.
The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) released the following statement:

Following the events in Paris on Wednesday, January 7, a minute’s silence will be held before all games in both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 over the weekend.

A minute’s silence was also held prior to the rearranged match between LOSC Lille and Evian-Thonon-Gaillard FC on Wednesday.

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