More than 40 leaders from all over the world gathered in Paris on Sunday to show solidarity with France in the aftermath of last week’s terrorist attacks. British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were all among the prominent figures in attendance.
Noticeably absent? Anyone of note from the United States.
The highest ranked American official at Sunday’s Unity March was the Ambassador to France, Jane Hartley. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris this weekend to meet with French President Francois Hollande, but he left before the rally got underway.
As reported on Opposing Views, it is unclear why President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were unable to attend. Neither had any major events scheduled this weekend. Secretary of State John Kerry is in the Indian city of Ahmedabad this week, so his absence is a bit more understandable. He plans to visit France on Thursday.
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In response to the international outcry over President Obama’s administration not bothering to attend the Unity March, the New York Daily News published this scathing cover on Monday:
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