Families mourning Paris terror attack victims in a dozen countries

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Families in more than a dozen countries are mourning after the Paris terror attacks that killed at least 129 people.

And as more than 350 people were injured in Friday’s night’s gun and suicide bombing attacks, with 99 in critical condition, the number is likely to rise.

The majority of the victims will be French, and they included Valentin Ribet, 26, a lawyer with the Paris office of the international law firm Hogan Lovells, who was among scores of people killed at a rock show in the Bataclan concert hall.

Mr Ribet received a master of laws degree from the London School of Economics last year, and earlier did postgraduate work at the Sorbonne university in Paris.

His law firm said he worked on the litigation team, specialising in white collar crime.

“He was a talented lawyer, extremely well liked, and a wonderful personality in the office,” the firm said.

Djamila Houd, 41, of Paris, originally from the town of Dreux, south-west of the capital, also died on Friday night.

The newspaper serving Dreux – L’Echo Republicain – said she was killed at a cafe on the rue de Charrone.

According to Facebook posts from grieving friends, she had worked for Isabel Marant, a prestigious Paris-based ready-to-wear house.

Thomas Ayad, 32, producer manager for Mercury Music Group and a music buff, was killed at the Bataclan. In his home town, Amiens, he was an avid follower of the local hockey team.

Lucian Grainge – the chairman of Universal Music Group, which owns Mercury Music – said the loss was “an unspeakably appalling tragedy,” in a note to employees.

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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