This weekend marked the worst display of violence Paris has witnessed since the second World War. At least 128 people are dead and many more injured. Victims are just now being identified.
The city is in a state of shock that, if not already apparent in the streets, is obvious in the policies enacted since then—a country-wide state of emergency has been in place since Friday's attacks, national borders sealed and monuments like the Eiffel Tower closed until further notice.
For France, the scale of the crisis is so large its drawing comparisons with to the September 11 attacks in New York. One of the clearest ways to do that has been through the reactions of both country's leaders.
Both former US president George W. Bush and French President Francois Hollande found themselves in public places as the news hit, where photographers were able to capture the moment they learned about the respective attacks. Hollande was watching a football match in a stadium not far from the site of the first blast Friday night and over 10 years ago on September 11, Bush's visit to a Florida school was being filmed as the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
When it happened, Bush received a lot of flack for continuing to read with the school children for almost ten minutes before finally leaving to address the unfolding crisis. Hollande was instead evacuated pretty immediately following the news.
That 2001 photo is etched on the world's collective memory. Now there’s one of Hollande and the Paris attacks.
Side-by-side and years apart, the images of a country's leader finding out about a pivotal and tragic moment don't look so different.
See the photos of the moment they found out and right after. Via Twitter.
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