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Terror in Paris

Print edition : December 11, 2015

Spectators running onto the field of Stade de France after explosions were heard nearby during a football match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris, on November 13. President Francois Hollande was watching the match at the stadium. Photo: Christophe Ena/AP

The Bataclan cafe near the Bataclan concert hall where terrorists went on a killing spree. Photo: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP

Paramedics treat a victim of the terrorist assault outside the Bataclan concert hall. Photo: Pierre Terdjman/The New York Times

People pay their respects to the victims at the site of the attacks on the restaurant Le Petit Cambodge and Carillon Hotel, on November 15. Photo: Peter DejongAP

People gather for a national service for the victims of the terror attack at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on November 15. Photo: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

In a railway station in Paris, enforcing the Vigipirate plan, France's national security alert system, on November 19. Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP

Francois Hollande, French President, delivers a statement on the terrorist attacks from the Elysee Palace on November 13. Photo: CHRISTELLE ALIX/NYT

Retaliatory action against the Islamic State is high on the agenda of an angry Europe and the international community in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, but what is needed is a genuine international coalition which includes the Syrian government and secular opposition in order to confront the terrorist group.

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