Dutch King & Queen visit site of Paris Attacks on state visit

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The Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square lit up in the colors of the French flag to show solidarity and support following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov 13th, 2015 (Photo: @AmsterdamNL/Twitter)The Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square lit up in the colors of the French flag to show solidarity and support following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov 13th, 2015 (Photo: @AmsterdamNL/Twitter)

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Máxima, visited Parisian cafe Le Carillon on Friday, one of the locations that was targeted during the terrorist attacks in Paris last November. The royals listened to the cafe owner, an employee, first aid workers and residents describe the attack, immediate aftermath, and the impact it has had on their lives, the Dutch government announced on Friday.

The visit to Le Carillon was not publicly announced in advance, nor was it on the official agenda of the state visit, but the royal couple was joined by a photographer and videographer. Those at Le Carillon objected to encountering journalists during the half-hour visit.

That cafe and Le Petit Cambodge across the street were two of six places under assault on November 13 and 14.

Some 15 people were killed at the two nightspots, and ten others were hurt. There were at least 137 people killed during the three and a half hour attack, of which seven were suspected perpetrators. Another 368 were injured.

At least three Dutch people were hurt during the various incidents. Amsterdam-based journalist Suzan Yücel narrowly escaped injury while having a drink at Le Carillon on November 13.

The King and Queen visited the location as part of their state visit to France. A recap of the two-day visit will be broadcast in Dutch on NPO 2 beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.

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