Mayor de Blasio arrives in Paris, honors terror victims

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill De Blasio Pays His Respects in Paris After Terror Attacks.

PARIS — The bouquets lay beside the sprawling memorial at the Hyper Cacher market in eastern Paris, labeled simply enough for any guest to understand.Mayor de Blasio is carrying the condolences of New Yorkers to Paris, jetting to the City of Light on Tuesday to honor those slain in recent terror attacks. “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 on Monday, just hours before the mayor departed.We thought it would also serve as a force for common sense, too, since “Mayor Bill is not going to want delegates and media walking away with the impression that progressivism means a return to the dysfunctions of the 1970s.” But look at New York from the perspective of the Democratic National Committee considering the city’s bid.

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. And so, placing the flowers around 10 a.m., Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York paid his respects at the kosher supermarket where a gunman killed four hostages less than two weeks ago. In this poll, only 25 percent of city residents call race relations “excellent” or “good.” That’s down from 39 percent last year, before de Blasio took over.

De Blasio’s gesture contrasts with the lack of high-level U.S. representation at last week’s Paris rally against terrorism, which drew over 40 world leaders. The two mayors were to hold a news conference in the afternoon at the Place de la République, the nexus in Paris of a huge gathering days after the attacks.

A city whose police officers have three times turned their backs on the mayor while protesters shouting anti-cop slogans have taken over bridges and tunnels in violation of the law, not to mention a city whose racial divide is growing rather than healing. He has alluded often to his “ancestral homeland,” Italy, has held meetings with Italian officials in New York and spent a family vacation in the country last summer. In September, he traveled to Manchester, England, to speak at the Labour Party’s annual conference, urging British leaders to embrace his message of the need to address income inequality. Traveling to France with de Blasio: Penny Abeywardena, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs; Avi Fink, deputy director of intergovernmental relations, and press secretary Phil Walzak.

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