Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council in a show of solidarity with France

Manchester City Council will devote the first part of its full council meeting (Wednesday 18 November) to demonstrating solidarity with Paris and the French people, condemning terror and restating Manchester's role as a city of peace.

Following prayers and reflections on behalf of Manchester's faith communities and a one minute silence, council members will hear from a variety of esteemed speakers, including those from French communities in Manchester and Mr Moin Azmi, Vice Chair of the Manchester Council of Mosques.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Manchester shares the horror of the world at the atrocities in Paris. As a city of peace we stand alongside the people of France, sharing both their grief and their determination not to be cowed by terrorists. An attack on one European city is an attack on us all and it is important to take this opportunity to reflect on what we share and how we can move forwards together."

Speaking first Guy Robson, President of Alliance Francaise and former Honorary Consul to Manchester will reiterate the strong history and links between Manchester and France.

Mr Moin Azmi, Vice Chair of the Manchester Council of Mosque will again express the horror of Greater Manchester's Muslim community at the Paris attacks as an attack on all humanity.

In recognition of Manchester taking a leading role in the Mayors for Peace Programme and the recent visit by the Mayor of Hirsohima to the city, the Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Paul Murphy will be presented with a Peace Garland and certificate to recognise Manchester's increased role in the programme and members will be given an overview of the work of the Mayors for Peace.

The session will be ended with French musician, Marie Leednhart Principal Harpist at the Halle playing a piece by Satie.

The book of condolence in Manchester Town Hall which has been signed by hundreds of people since the weekend is currently still open.

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