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Kerry Bringing Paris a 'Big Hug' and James Taylor After Attacks

Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 05:24 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry said he was going to “share a big hug with Paris,” as the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit France since last week’s terrorist attacks.

Kerry, who arrived in Paris on Thursday evening, will meet Friday with President Francois Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and then make public remarks. He will be joined by American singer James Taylor, a longtime friend, who will perform a song in tribute to victims of the attacks that killed 17 people.

The Obama administration has been criticized for not sending a high-level official to a march in Paris that drew world leaders to honor victims of the attacks centered on a satirical magazine and a Kosher supermarket.

Kerry, who speaks French but was tied up with travel to India, initially dismissed the U.S. absence from the march as “quibbling.” President Barack Obama’s spokesman later said the administration had erred in not sending someone of higher rank than the U.S. ambassador to France.

Speaking in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Thursday, Kerry was asked if his presence was meant to make amends.

“I don’t feel any other exigencies other than the continuation of our friendship and our responsibilities as good friends and the longest ally in our history,” he said. “That’s why I’m going.”

Taylor, who’s in Paris promoting his European concert tour later this year, is a singer and songwriter known for 1970s-era songs such as “Fire and Rain” and Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.”

 

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