Malcolm Turnbull lays wreath at Bataclan theatre to pay respect to Paris terror attack victims

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (R) arrive with flowers at the Bataclan concert hall to pay tribute to the shooting victims in Paris, France, November 29, 2015. Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull laid wreath at the Bataclan concert hall on Sunday to pay tribute to the 130 people who lost their lives at the Paris attacks. Turnbull joined other world leaders in Paris to attend a global conference on climate change.

The Bataclan was a brief stop for Turnbull before he moved on to begin the conference. Turnbull was seen with his wife Lucy alongside his New Zealand counterpart, John Key, and his wife Bronagh, paying tribute to the victims at the Bataclan, where 89 people were shot dead.

“We are here – the New Zealand Prime Minister and the Australian Prime Minister and our wives – and we are here offering the people of France, the people of Paris, our most heartfelt condolences and our unflinching solidarity in the face of this terrorism,” Turnbull said in a statement in Paris. “We are with all people committed to freedom in this battle against terrorism, against violence, against violent extremism.”

U.S. President Barack Obama also paid his tributes at the memorial site with French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

The security in the city has been running high with helicopters flying overhead and roads around the makeshift memorial sealed off as 150 world leaders prepare to begin the conference. The laying of wreaths at the concert hall was announced very late, after there was a clash between the police and anti-capitalist protesters ahead of the conference.

Key also expressed his deepest condolences to the Paris attack victims. "The city of Paris has gone through a great deal with the terrible issues earlier in the year with Charlie Hebdo and now with the latest terrorist attacks, but in the end the spirit of the French people will rise up above the terrible actions of ISIL and the forces that they believe in and France will be strong again," he said.

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