Turnbull lays flowers outside Bataclan Theatre in Paris

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined with his New Zealand counterpart, John Key, in paying respects to the 130 victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Mr Turnbull and his wife Lucy joined Mr Key and his wife Bronagh to lay flowers at the Bataclan Theatre, where almost 100 concert goers were gunned down on November 13.

PHOTO: Tom Steinfort / Twitter

PHOTO: Tom Steinfort / Twitter


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The Australian prime minister spoke briefly in French.

“We are here offering the people of France, the people of Paris, our most heartfelt condolences and our unflinching solidarity in the face of this terrorism,” he told reporters in Paris.

“We are with all people committed to freedom in this battle against terrorism, against violence, against violent extremism.”

Mr Key echoed Mr Turnbull’s sentiment.

“New Zealand and Australia are two countries that are almost the furtherest away from France but at a time of such sadness and heartache for the people of France we’ve never been closer together,” he said.

Details of the tribute were kept secret amid security concerns following violent clashes on Sunday at Place de la Republique, where riot police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters defying orders to cancel a planned climate change march.

Some of the activists lobbed bottles and shoes during the demonstration ahead of major UN climate talks in the city.

Mr Turnbull will line up alongside around 140 world leaders to outline their positions on curbing global emissions on the first day of the climate change conference on Monday.

Australia has not changed its 2030 target to cut emissions by 26 to 28 per cent on 2005 levels under Mr Turnbull’s leadership, but will push for five yearly reviews to force countries to take stock of efforts.

 

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