MEPs and Parliament staff sang the Marseillaise and held a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of last week’s terrorist acts in Paris during a short ceremony on 17 November in Parliament's plenary chamber in Brussels. “The attacks in Paris were an attack on our freedoms, an attack against our European values and our way of life, an attack against all of us," said EP President Martin Schulz. "In our grief, we Europeans stand side to side with the French people."
Schulz warned against changing the EU's approach to the migration crisis following the attacks: “We will not allow ourselves to be poisoned by the venom of these criminals. If we start suspecting all the refugees from Syria, we are throwing in the same bag the victims and the murderers and that is exactly what they are looking for." He added “More than ever before we will be tolerant and humane, we will fight to defend our way of life and our open societies."
Also present at the ceremony were Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Harlem Désir, the French Minister of State for European affairs.