Despite Internal Struggles, France Sees Bright Spot as a Successful Host

December 14, 2015 1:19 AM

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Despite Internal Struggles, France Sees Bright Spot as a Successful Host

PARIS — The world has grown accustomed to the sight of French officials on television bearing somber tidings about terrorist attacks, death tolls and police raids. But on Saturday evening, France’s top leaders were seen worldwide doing something very different: grinning, hugging and cheering as the representatives from 195 nations reached a landmark agreement on climate change.

“Thank you!” President François Hollande told the representatives in a conference center near Paris, who gave him and themselves a standing ovation. “Long live the United Nations, long live the planet, and long live France!” he added.

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