‘They Won’t Win’: Paris Attractions Reopening Monday
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Gradually, the 129 individuals killed during Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris are being identified, the Associated Press said. A mother and daughter from Chile, a young Italian woman, a Cal State Senior, and scores of French citizens. German, Swedish and Mexican authorities have reported slain countrymen.
And though most of the attackers are dead, French police believe one suspect is still on the loose. They have issued a wanted poster for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old man born in Brussels. Authorities warn, "do not intervene yourself" if he is spotted, as he is “dangerous.”
Thousands of French troops were deployed in Paris, the AP said, noting the normally-bustling metropolis was "unusually empty for such a mild, clear day.”
Even though many monuments were closed over the weekend due to security concerns or as a mourning gesture, there were smatterings of Parisians and tourists on the streets. To snap photos under the Eiffel Tower required a stroll by heavily armed soldiers in body armor, according to the AP.
But the shuttered attractions will soon be back to business.
According to AFP, the culture ministry announced Sunday that “public museums and other cultural venues” will reopen Monday afternoon at 1 p.m., right after a countrywide minute of silence.
Paris town hall said schools, sports venues and parks will also reopen Monday, along with street markets, which will receive “special scrutiny,” AFP said.
Even after the attacks, Paris residents may be shaken, but they are not defeated.
"Those are all places that I go often,” said Quentin Bongard to the AP. The Parisian left one of the targeted cafes moments before it was sprayed with gunfire. While visiting a makeshift memorial nearby, he added, "We just want to come here, bring flowers, because we don't want to be terrorized ... but it is frightening."
Olivier Bas joined hundreds late Saturday at the Bataclan hall — the site of much bloodshed. Though the city was, as the AP put it “quiet and jittery,” Bas was going out for a drink — "to show that they won't win," he told the AP.
U.S. intelligence officials told the AP that no credible threats of attacks on American soil have surfaced in the wake of the Paris tragedy. Nevertheless, such major cities as New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles beefed up security in government, transportation, entertainment, retail and tourist areas.
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