Hundreds turn up at French Embassy for memorial service

A queue formed outside the French Embassy, which held a memorial service yesterday for the victims of the Paris attacks. By 6.30pm, the line snaked out to Bukit Timah Road until Serene Centre.
A queue formed outside the French Embassy, which held a memorial service yesterday for the victims of the Paris attacks. By 6.30pm, the line snaked out to Bukit Timah Road until Serene Centre.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Hundreds queued yesterday outside the French Embassy in Cluny Park Road to attend a memorial service for the victims of the Paris attacks.

At the 7pm service, which was open only to French nationals, participants observed a minute of silence, then sang the French national anthem La Marseillaise.

French Ambassador to Singapore Benjamin Dubertret said: "I think terrorists, who are aiming to divide society, to create lines of fracture between people, and to break the cohesion of free nations; we should certainly not allow them to advance."

Signing a condolence book inside the embassy, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu expressed Singapore's solidarity with France. She added: "We must also be prepared that should such an event happen in Singapore... we must close ranks, remain united and not be cowed by such acts."

At 6.30pm, the queue numbered at least 500 and snaked out to Bukit Timah Road until Serene Centre. A hundred or so people who could not get in in time gathered across the road to observe the ceremony.

Olivia Ho

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2015, with the headline 'Hundreds turn up at French Embassy for memorial service'. Print Edition | Subscribe