French Leagues to hold minute's silence for victims of Paris terror attack

2015-01-07 21:50:59 GMT2015-01-08 05:50:59(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

PARIS, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Ligue de Football Professional announced to hold a minute's silence before this weekend's leagues games to mark respect for victims of a terror attack in satirical newspaper in Paris earlier Wednesday.

At least 12 people were confirmed to be killed in a shooting at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, which French president Francois Hollande called "without doubt ... a terrorism attack".

"A minute's silence will precede the weekend meetings of the 20th day of Ligue 1 and the 19th day of Ligue 2," read an LFP statement.

"This evening, a minute of silence will be observed before the match between Evian and Lille, a game delayed from the 14th round of Ligue 1," it continued.

Besides the mourning in silence, players of both teams were wearing black armbands during the match, which ended in a 1-0 victory for the hosts.

Lille president Michel Seydoux expressed "his deepest sadness" at the events through a statement released by his club before the game.

The 20th round of Ligue will kick off first between Montpellier and league leaders Marseille on Friday after a two-week long winter break.

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