France is observing three days of mourning for the 129 people killed in the Paris terror attacks. People across the country held a minute of silence on Monday (16 November) to remember those killed in the massacres. Mourners who had gathered for a memorial service at Place de la Republique quickly dispersed after the minute of silence, as they had been warned not to gather in large numbers in case of another attack.

Life in the capital is slowly returning to normal despite palpable tensions in the air. Many businesses have reopened – most notably the Eiffel Tower, lit up in the colours of the French national flag. IBTimes UK presents 20 powerful scenes of grief, defiance and hope as Paris pays tribute to the victims of the deadliest assault on French soil since the Second World War.

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People hug on the street near the Bataclan concert hall following the terrorist attacksChristian Hartmann/Reuters
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People hold hands to form a human solidarity chain at Place de la Republique near the site of the attack at the Bataclan concert hallPascal Rossignol/Reuters
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People observe a minute of silence at the Trocadero in front the Eiffel Tower to pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacksPhilippe Wojazer/Reuters
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Flowers are placed in bullet holes in the windows of the Bonne Biere cafe, where five people were killedKenzo Tribouillard/AFP
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Minister for Higher Education and Research Thierry Mandon, Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls observe a minute of silence at the Sorbonne UniversityStephane de Sakutin/Reuters
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People observe a one-minute silence at the Place de la Republique in memory of the victimsChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
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People place flowers and candles in front of the Bataclan concert hallDavid Ramos/Getty Images
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A boy views tributes left opposite the main entrance of the Bataclan concert hallJeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
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People fly the French national flag as they gather for a minute of silence in front of Le Carillon cafeLionel Bonaventure/AFP
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The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in the colours of the French flag in honour of the victims of the attacksChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Candles in the colours of the French flag burn at Place de la RepubliqueChristian Hartmann/Reuters
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People observe a minute of silence outside the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killedBertrand Guay/AFP
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A woman cries as people observe a minute of silence outside Le Carillon cafeLionel Bonaventure/AFP
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People gather outside Notre Dame Cathedral before a ceremony paying tribute to the victims of the attacksDavid Ramos/Getty Images
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People gather outside Notre Dame cathedral during a ceremony to honour the victims of the terrorist attacksChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Mourners gather to place floral tributes outside Le Carillon restaurantAlain Jocard/AFP
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Children hug each other as they as they view tributes and flowers outside La Belle Equipe restaurant on Rue de Charonne, where 19 people lost their livesChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Flowers are left at the base of the Statue de Marianne at Place de la Republique as a mark of respect to the victimsChristopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Mourners gather in front of the Le Carillon restaurant, where 15 people were killedDavid Ramos/Getty Images
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Tributes are placed on the monument at Place de la Republique the day after the deadly terrorist attacksChristopher Furlong/Getty Images