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Paris attacks: France falls silent to remember 130 victims

France held a national memorial service for the 130 victims of the Paris terror attacks.

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Juncker: Paris attacker was a criminal, not a refugee

Countries should not react to the terror attacks in Paris by rejecting refugees, head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has said - saying the attackers were criminals, not asylum seekers.

Jean-Claude Juncker urged EU countries not to refuse refugees Credit: PA

It comes after officials in Poland and Slovakia spoke out against the EU refugee relocation plan, saying the attacks had highlighted the concerns of people in their countries about taking in Muslim refugees.

One of the attackers appears to have entered the EU via Greece, where he registered as a refugee.

Speaking at a news conference at the edge of a G20 summit of world leaders in Antalya, Turkey, Juncker said:

We should not mix the different categories of people coming to Europe. The one responsible for the attacks in Paris... he is a criminal and not a refugee and not an asylum seeker.

I would invite those in Europe who try to change the migration agenda we have adopted - I would like to remind them to be serious about this and not to give in to these basic reactions that I do not like.

I see the difficulty but I don't see the need to change our general approach.

– Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission

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