French ex-patriots and mourners fill the gate of the French embassy in the U.S. capital with flowers and French wine to remember those lost in an attack by Islamic State that killed nearly 130 in Paris. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Mourners gathered on Saturday morning (November 14) at the gates of the French Embassy in Washington, where they dropped off flowers, candles and even bottles of French wine in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks. Gunmen and bombers carried out a wave of attacks on restaurants, a concert hall and near a sports stadium across Paris on Friday in a deadly rampage claimed by Islamic State that killed at least 129 people and wounded over 350 others, 99 of whom remain in critical condition. "It just seems unthinkable that such a peaceful city had to endure this," said Washington resident Richard Lewis who worries that it could happen in the U.S. "How could they pull something so orchestrated off, in this day and age?" "I'm fighting tears," said Fran Maclean, who reminisced about her own visits to France. "It's like 9-11 all over again." Riki Matsumoto, a sophomore at George Washington University who studies security policy says he won't let this stop him from visiting his friends in Paris. "I feel like if we let terrorists strike fear into people and if we let them stop us from going on with our way of life, then we've let them win, so I would definitely go back," said Matsumoto. Both the French flag and the European Union flag were lowered to half-staff at the French Embassy in Washington.