NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to Paris to remember the victims of the recent terror attacks in France.
Twenty people, including the three gunmen, were killed this month in attacks on the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, a kosher supermarket and police in Paris.
De Blasio is scheduled to leave Monday night and on Tuesday will attend a series of events with both French officials and Jewish community leaders to honor the victims. He will also lay a wreath at the site of the Charlie Hebdo offices with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
“The mayor will stand in solidarity with our friends in Paris and across France to send the clear message that together we will fight terrorism and anti-Semitism at every turn, and that crude attempts to intimidate free expression will not succeed,” de Blasio’s office said.
The NYPD has been on alert since the attacks in Paris and warned last week of a threat against police officers and soldiers by Islamic State militants.
Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels Monday to prepare for a summit on terrorism next month. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the EU needs an alliance with Arab countries to boost cooperation and information-sharing in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris and arrests across Europe.
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