France to hold climate change summit despite Paris attacks

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France plans to go ahead with global climate change summit after wave of deadly attacks in Paris

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

French President Francois Hollande (R) speaks with Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.

France plans to organise a global climate change summit in Paris at the end of the month, despite a series of deadly attacks on Friday night that killed at least 129 people in the capital, the country's prime minister said on Saturday.  

Overall, between 20,000 and 40,000 delegates from more than 110 countries are expected to attend the opening day of the summit on Nov. 30-Dec. 11, which is due to discuss a global agreement to limit rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls told TF1 television on Saturday evening that, the summit "will be held because it's an essential meeting for humanity."

He also said the international summit would be an opportunity for leaders across the globe to pay tribute and express their solidarity with France after the attacks.

US officials from Washington confirmed that both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are still scheduled to attend the summit.

The UN has the main responsibility for security in the summit venue at Le Bourget, to the north of Paris.

Nick Nuttall, spokesman of the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn said, "security at UN climate conferences is always tight but understandably it will be even tighter for Paris."

Organisers of the demonstration for climate action on the eve of the summit said they are hoping to imitate a "People's Climate March" in New York last year that attracted hundreds of thousands of people, the largest march against global warming in history.   

Multiple terror attacks claimed by DAESH terrorists in six different locations within the capital of France on Friday have led to the death of 129 people so far.

On Saturday, President Francois Hollande promised a "merciless" response to the wave of attacks by DAESH terrorists describing them as “an act of war.”      

TRTWorld and agencies