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Kerry pays respects to France, after criticism of Paris attack response

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 01:27

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has offered condolences to France for last week's Paris attacks, following an admission by the White House that it should have sent a senior official to last Sunday's solidarity march through the French capital. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Bearing flowers and his fluent French, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pays his respects to France. The chief U.S. diplomat laid a wreath of white lilies and red roses outside the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. (kerry reads notes left at memorial) His visit comes after the U.S. failed to send a top official to march alongside world leaders -- at a massive Sunday rally to honor the 17 victims killed in last week's Paris attacks. The decision led to domestic criticism at home and a rare admission from the White House that it had made a mistake. French President Francois Hollande greeted Kerry. Aides say the visit isn't about making amends -- it's about showing U.S. solidarity with Washington's oldest ally. (SOUNDBITE) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY SAYING: "No nation knows better than France that freedom has a price, because France is at the origin of so many revolutions of the human minds including our own. Your commitment to freedom and to freedom of speech is an inspiration for the world." As if to cement the good feelings between the U.S. and France, American musician James Taylor was enlisted to sing his popular ballad "You've Got a Friend".

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Kerry pays respects to France, after criticism of Paris attack response

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 01:27