Schools throughout Paris were closed on Tuesday (15 February) for the funerals of 23 victims of last week's school fire.
Schools throughout Paris were closed on Tuesday (15 February) for the funerals of 23 victims of last week's school fire. Teachers, on the advice of their unions, decided not to work as a mark of respect for the dead, most of them children.
Nineteen children, who were attending music lessons died in the blaze which swept through the modern school building within a matter of minutes. Four adults also died in the fire.
Two fourteen-year-old school boys were charged last weekend with having started the fire. They were charged with arson resulting in death. Both boys, if found guilty, could face sentences of ten to 20 years' imprisonment.
SYNOPSIS: Most of Paris came to a standstill on Thursday to pay respects to the 23 people who died in last week's north Paris school fire. Schools throughout the French capital were closed as hundreds of students and teachers attended the funeral service for the victims.
Weeping relatives of the nineteen children who died in the blaze followed the coffins from a special memorial service held at a Town Hall in the north of Paris. The children and four adults died in the fire which swept through the school while they were attending an evening music lesson.
Police have since arrested two fourteen-year-old boy students of the school. They have been charged with arson resulting in death and, if found guilty, could face prison terms of between ten and twenty years. Police have reported six fires in French schools in the past two weeks.